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THIS ISSUE 

NUMBER 105 • JULY 1984 




31: Coming 
out in the 
comics 

See inside Batman and Robin's 
bedroom! Watch the incredible 
Amazon girl-roping contest! Hear 
Captain America decry homophobia! 
Writer Brad Fraser traces the history of homosexuality in comic books from the 
innocent Forties through the paranoid Fifties to the increasingly adventurous 
present — and finds everything from S/M vampires to the first gay 
(well, maybe) superhero. 

7: Bust at Bud's 

A grand Montreal tradition continues as 75 policemen armed with cameras raid the popular bar Bud's 
and arrest 188 people. Those tired old bawdyhouse laws again. The response? Another tradition — 
thousands take to the streets in protest. 

23: AIDS: what's behind the headlines? 

A lot of hopes have been raised by the recent announcement of the discovery of the virus HTLV-III as the 
' 'cause" of AIDS . But have US researchers simply uncovered the same bug that the French did a year ago? 
And is a vaccine or an "AIDS test" really on the way? Cindy Patton investigates. 

37: Alter, yes, but eros? 

The Toronto feminist festival was supposed to be a celebration of art about sexuality, but Chris Bearchell 
wonders whether it wasn't a search for an alternative to eros — and writers Sonja Mills and Jane Smith found 
the shows didn't get them very excited, either. Three views of works that certainly weren't pornography, and 
so must have been erotica — whatever that might be. 

35: Dancing by yourself 

When it's raining men, Brian Mossop goes out onto the dance floor by himself to get wet — but he's not 
dancing alone. He's in the warm embrace of fraternal gay public life. A plea for the development of our lives 
outside the arena of domesticity and coupledom — or why, so Brian says, you can be a homosexual 
at home, but you can't be gay there. 

51: Edna and the men from Mars 

When does a young woman who has a crush on her female lunch buddies, who sounds like a teenaged boy 
and who believes men are strictly from Mars discover that she's not a faggot? Easy — when she figures out 
she's a dyke. But first, she has to start with a picture of a zucchini.... 



Regular departments 

4: Letters to The Body Politic 
12: Chris Bearchell's "Combat Zone" 
15: Glenn Wheeler's "Copwatch" 
16: Network, our regular listing of gay and lesbian 

groups across Canada 
21: World News 
24: Your summer guide to Toronto — Out in 

the City, with a new map in this issue 
41: Joy Parks's "Shared Ground" 
42: Classified ads 



See you in September 

This is our last issue before we take a short break for the 
summer — a break which is likely our last. Beginning 
with the September issue, we're planning to put The 
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a year, rather than our current ten. So, we hardly need 
tell you how much we're looking forward to this last 
breather. Have a good summer — we sure intend to! 

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LETTERS 



Caught in the ideological trap 



Unfortunately, James Johnstone (Let- 
ters, TBP, May) falls into a very common 
trap in his comments on monogamy and 
promiscuity. Why this antinomy? It is 
indeed a "commonplace" in heterosex- 
ual partiarchal ideology that there is 
some kind of opposition between "fidel- 
ity" and "promiscuity," between a 
patriarchal monogamy and unsocializa- 
ble non-reproductive desire. The latter is 
often represented as irresponsible, and 
thus we are caught in the ideological 
trap, since we are presented with only 
one other alternative. Johnstone implies 
that so-called promiscuity is in conflict 
with patriarchal heterosexist power rela- 
tions. He posits monogamy amongst gay 
couples without recognizing the differ- 
ent forms of non-monogamous emo- 
tional and sexual relationships some of 
us are attempting in order to best suit a 
lifestyle in opposition to partriarchal 
ideology. As well, he fails to recognize 
the complex and difficult political analy- 
sis involved in areas of experience that 
patriarchal heterosexism has termed 
"personal." 

Gay people live in a world of hetero- 
sexist ideology, and it is a constant battle 
for us to distance ourselves from its en- 
culturation — misogyny, monogamy, fi- 
delity, "masculine behaviour," etc. 
There is in fact far too much support for 
Johnstone's choice, although if he were 
to examine the historical record he 
would realize how transient monogamy 
in any relationship may be. Even hetero- 
sexuals tend to pay lip service only to the 
serial variety. 

I, too, have a lover, David, with 
whom I have lived for more than ten 
years. Although I initially brought with 
me from my previous heterosexist mon- 
ogamous relationship all the cultural 
baggage that Johnstone wants to retain, 
over the years David and I have explored 
our relationship beyond stereotypical 
masculine behaviour, the inner /outer 
conflicts of monogamy and the thwart- 
ing of desire. The relationships of con- 
flict, non-consideration and insensitivity 
which are commonly part of the ideolo- 
gy of monogamy are in fact no more 
than representations of a particular kind 
of "masculine behaviour" which our 
society fosters and encourages. I am not 
arguing that all gay men are loving, ten- 
der, sensitive beings, but rather that the 
specificity of homosexuality is dissolved 
by Johnstone into a "masculinity" 
which ignores the heterosexist power 
relations endemic to monogamy. In this 
way his gayness is represented first as 
male and only secondly as gay. In this 
way the very real homosexual oppression 
by heterosexual institutions is denied. 

David and I have a close, warm, lov- 
ing relationship with one another which 
we hope will continue for decades. At 
the same time, we have created a situa- 
tion which no longer excludes sexual re- 
lationships with other men, inside or 
outside our home. Our continued strug- 
gle, learning, and unlearning, now cen- 
tres around the creation of a similar 
milieu for concomitant love relation- 
ships with other men. In other words, we 
have not yet cast off all our encultura- 
tion and oppression, nor have we found 
perfect political expression for them, but 
we're seeking an alternative to John- 



stone's ideological antinomy and we're 
getting there! 

The interrogation of the ideological 
representations of both homosexuality 
and heterosexuality are vital, so that we 
can avoid the misrecognition both of our 
sexuality and of our social positioning 
brought about by the heterosexual pow- 
er relationships that Johnstone has obvi- 
ously succumbed to. 

Michael Eliot Hurst 
Vancouver 



Butch creativity 



BULLSHIT to Charles Fisch's letter 
(TBP, May) on the ideal relaxed gay 
man. Why do some gay people feel threat- 
ened by masculinity or macho attitudes? 
I did not decide to walk the road of 
homosexuality, which sometimes seems 
an uphill trek, to choose a man wearing 
a skirt. Or makeup. Or limp wrists. Or 
mellow, mellow, mellow. I turned on to 
masculinity, and if others think it's 
sometimes a posed act, then maybe that 
is their hang-up. Liberalism and accep- 
tance is required by all, as much by 
feminine men as by masculine men. 
Feminine men will have to start playing 
ball by not grouping macho or butch men 
as not accepting their homosexuality. 

Homosexuality is a freedom. That 
freedom can only be reached by letting 
everyone be. 

Gay men as a group like masculinity 
— face that fact, Charles. Now, if some- 
one is trying to express himself in a man- 
ner that's coming across posed — I guess 
personally I'm still interested if it's 
masculine. Not everyone can express his 
inner being to the world with style. What 
matters is that the guy's got the balls to 
try. Let's give him a break by not calling 
him stiff or dull or posed. How about 
creative — in at least trying to transfer 
his sexual fantasy into sexual expression, 
however clumsy the result? Not every- 
one wants to smile in a bar environment. 

Rather than be frustrated by the 
whole scene, Charles, enjoy it! Other 
enlightened individuals are certainly 
going to relate to your train of thought. 
And probably that's why this is going to 
be a wild, hot summer in the city for 
every one\ 
Keith Sodergren 
Toronto 



Hold the sermon 



I really wish that people like Rhonda 
Naeseth (TBP Letters, March) would 
spare us her opinion of men ("scum- 
bags") and spare prostitutes her patron- 
izing, so-called defence. As a gay prosti- 
tute, I don't need anyone passing judg- 
ment on my lifestyle. 

While I'm glad that Ms Naeseth 
agrees with TBP's reporter that sex-for- 
pay should be decriminalized, her saying 
that "it's a pretty crummy way to make 
a buck," and her promoting sexist stereo- 
types about hookers, incest and drugs 
aren't helpful. Not everyone finds giving 
gay sexual enjoyment for one hour per 
night in return for economic freedom 
from the family to be exploitative. While 
my work can be difficult, I can't say I'd 
rather be working for a bank. 

Ms Naeseth doesn't see hookers as 



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rebels? Has she ever heard of Stonewall! 
I'm sorry she has bought the sexist view 
of us as passive victims. I suggest she 
find out what women prostitutes are up 
to in the political arena. It might shatter 
a few notions she has that sound more 
"white, middle-class male" than femin- 
ist to me. 

Please, if you want to help prostitutes, 
by all means fight the laws, the police, 
the poverty — but hold the sermon. We 
get that from the Moral Majority. 
Robert D'Avanzo 

Toronto 

• 

Is TBP living in the real world? Is Chris 
Bearchell? 

In Bearchell's article on pornography 
in the March issue, she writes: "... the 
prostitute negotiates... contracts, all 
more or less on her own terms." 

On her own terms? Have you never 
heard of pimps? 
David E Pinto 
Montreal 

Cocktails and criticism 

As the individual primarily responsible 
for TBP's "sitting ovation" for the 
latest win in the Rob Joyce civil rights 
case, I hope it's within my jurisdiction to 
respond to Stan Persky's criticism of 
this reportage (see TBP, June, p 15). 

To begin with, part of Persky's analy- 
sis was based on what seemed to be a 
factual error, and it was one that I found 
very disturbing. He stated that my article 
commented on Joyce's "personality." 
This term was even placed in quotation 
marks, so that it appeared that I had 
used it. In fact, my article did not at any 
point refer to Joyce's personality. The 
closest I came was a reference to Rob's 
"political style" in the years prior to 
1980. 1 admit that (as one TBP staffer 
put it to me) "political style is informed 
by one's personality," but surely other 
considerations enter into it: the political 
exigencies one is facing; the character of 
one's analyses and strategies; the limita- 
tions of perspective that exist in any 
given historical period; and the nature of 
an individual's actual position in politi- 
cal affairs. Given this, I don't see that a 
comment which seems to be critical of 
someone's political style can be taken as 
synonymous with disparagement of that 
person's personality. 

Still, since I've been tacitly accused of 
commenting on Joyce's personality in an 
unflattering way, I feel that I ought to 
set the record straight on this subject. To 
the best of my knowledge, Rob Joyce is 
meticulously honest, fair-minded, gen- 
uinely committed to gay liberation and 
likeable in person; apart from this, he is 
one of the few Canadian gay activists 
who possesses an element of tactical 
genius. Once, during the course of re- 
searching one of the many stories I've 
done for TBP supporting his case, I had 
the unusual experience of hearing his 
personal merits extolled by a former BC 
Social Credit cabinet minister, radio 
host Rafe Mair. Since, at the time, Joyce 
was still under the shadow of the accusa- 
tion that he'd had sex with a juvenile, I 
took this endorsement and others like it 
to be of the highest significance. 

My own reference to Joyce's pre-1980 
political style as "uncompromising (and) 
blunt" was not an attempt to cast my lot 
with those individuals on Persky's 
"cocktail circuit" who called Joyce 
"abrasive" or even a "sociopath." For 
one thing, I wasn't under the influence 
of cocktails when I wrote the offending 
article; for another, the article presum- 
ably took some of these same people to 
task for participating in the "skepticism 
and rumour-mongering" which Joyce 



was forced to endure at some points in 
his defence campaign. Nor were my 
comments made in the context of a 
search for journalistic "colour," as 
Persky hypothesized. They were part of 
an (incomplete) attempt to describe the 
factors within the gay community that 
made Joyce's current win more difficult 
than it needed to have been. 

Persky's article, although it was very 
thoughtful and useful in general, con- 
tained one implication that really 
bothered me. It's dangerous, it seems to 
me, to be too quick to reach the conclu- 
sion that any criticisms directed toward a 
given gay public figure are motivated by 
the impulse to deviate from the path of 
gay liberation. No doubt there are 
strong elements of truth to such accusa- 
tions as far as the Joyce case is con- 
cerned, but all the same, neither Joyce 
nor any other gay leader personifies gay 
truth. Whatever critical fire such a per- 
son may draw isn't necessarily aimed at 
the vital organs of the gay movement 
itself. Joyce happens to be an honour- 
able person, but all social movements 
eventually attract the sort of individuals 
who will wrap the flag around them- 
selves and accuse their critics of attack- 
ing the flag. It's important, therefore, 
that the criticism made by gay activists 
of fellow activists be given fair consider- 
ation, even if they are finally determined 
to be the product of tactical folly (like 
' ' lobbyism' ') or even of pure personal 
malice. 

In this particular case, I think some of 
the acrimony Persky encountered might 
be attributable to a dispute that took 
place in Vancouver (and elsewhere in 
North America) in the mid- to late-1970s. 
This was debate between the first gen- 
eration of post-Stonewall gay activists 
(those who built the "gay movement") 
and the second (roughly, those who built 
the "activist gay community") over 
whether the activities of the latter group 
represented a new branch of gay libera- 
tion or a retreat into ghetto-building and 
accommodationism. If my theory on 
this subject is correct, and the residual 
bitterness of this often subliminal strug- 
gle still lingers on in left-wing gay circles 
in Vancouver, then it is a little ironic to 
find Persky unwittingly reiterating one 
of the very charges that characterized 
that period of the city's gay history. 

In any event, Persky and I certainly 
agree on the major point of his article: 
that Rob Joyce's case is a very important 
one. If Persky feels that anyone in the 
gay press has given the case short shrift, 
then he's right to say so. His summary of 
the gains made to date by Joyce and his 
supporters was an excellent one; quite 
possibly, it was far more pertinent than 
my own attempt to grapple with the 
sticky internal politics of the Vancouver 
gay community. 

In the long run, what's vital in all this 
is the hope that even though gay leaders, 
gay institutions and gay media may re- 
ceive occasional criticism, Canadian gay 
men and lesbians will have the intelli- 
gence to continue their support of those 
who deserve to be supported. I took the 
risk of acknowledging intra-community 
friction on the faith that this would be 
so, and that none of the protagonists 
would be harmed or embittered. If that 
is not the case, the blame rests with me; 
if it is the case, then, to me, a very slight 
advance in gay liberation has been 
made. 

Richard Summerbell 
Toronto 

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THE NEWS 

Police photographers get it all on film in Montreal bar raid 

Clubs in 77, cameras in '84 




ONTREAL — One hundred 
and eighty-eight people were 
arrested early on the morning 
of Saturday June 2 when Mon- 
treal Urban Community police 
raided Bud's, a gay bar located on 
Stanley Street. At midnight on the same 
day, a demonstration of about a thou- 
sand people, organized by ADGLQ 
(association for gay and lesbian rights in 
Quebec) took place at the intersection of 
Stanley and Ste-Catherine streets. 

About 50 morality squad officers, 15 
members of the tactical force and 10 
detectives took part in the raid under the 
direction of detective lieutenant Claude 
Lalonde. 

The bar's manager, Marc Dufour, 
and seven other employees were charged 
with keeping a common bawdyhouse. 
Police also charged 122 people with be- 
ing found in a common bawdyhouse and 
33 with gross indecency. Twenty- five 
others were released without charge. The 
legal capacity of the bar is 141 people. 

A remarkable feature of the raid was 
the on-the-spot use of photographers, 
who took photos of each person arrested 
alongside of the arresting officer. This 
technique was first used in last year's 
police raid on the Back Door Baths in 
Toronto and seems to have been devised 
to overcome the inability of officers 
subsequently to identify the accused in 
court, producing many acquittals. The 
Montreal police seem not only to have 
borrowed the technique, but also to have 
refined it. Photos were taken of sur- 
prised Bud's patrons before they were 
arrested, and some of these were passed 
on to the media. Photo Police, a weekly 
crime tabloid, carried a photo of three 
men together in a washroom cubicle. 
Thin bars had been printed across the 
eyes, but the men were still recognizable. 

In the aftermath of the 1977 raids, 
those arrested were required to undergo 
VD tests. In the recent raid, the police 
seem not to have used this tactic. 

According to Lalonde, the raid was 
precipitated by complaints about the 
bar. The last time Montreal police car- 
ried out a similar raid, in 1977 (see box), 
gay activists were able to show at a press 
conference that the complaints had been 
filed by gay men who had been threat- 
ened by the police with exposure. 

The Bud's raid was preceded by a five- 
week investigation by plainclothes 
police, who visited the bar several times, 
especially in connection with a "slave 
auction" which took place the Wednes- 
day before the raid. Lalonde was quoted 



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rue Ste-Catherine June 3 to protest the ar- 
rest of the "188" at Bud's bar 

in Montreal's Sunday Express as saying 
that Bud's was unique and that activities 
that occurred there were not typical of 
gay bars. "It really was a bawdyhouse," 
he was quoted as saying. 

ADGLQ went to work at 9 am the 
morning after the raid to organize a 
response. By late afternoon and early 
evening, a leaflet was being distributed 
to gay businesses. The media were con- 
tacted and told that gays would be tak- 
ing to the streets in protest against the 
police action. A group was put to work 
making placards and a marshalling team 



was assembled to ensure a peaceful 
protest. 

Within minutes after midnight, the in- 
tersection of Stanley and Ste-Catherine 
was completely blocked by about a thou- 
sand chanting demonstrators and 1 ,500 
onlookers. 

With the arrival of the police anti-riot 
squad at around 12:30, the demonstra- 
tors started to move east along Ste-Cath- 
erine, filling three blocks. The march 
continued for about 30 blocks to Mont- 
calm Street and finally dispersed without 
incident in front of Chez Max, another 
gay bar. 

The annual general meeting of 
ADGLQ, held June 3, voted to create a 
support committee for those charged. 



The committee will provide information 
and legal assistance to the " 1 88. " 

ADGLQ also demanded that Quebec 
justice minister Pierre Marc Johnson 
launch an inquiry into arrest procedures 
and conditions under which those arrest- 
ed were held. ADGLQ charges that the 
mass arrest was an abuse of police 
power, because people were arrested in- 
discriminately and taken away to the 
Bonsecours Street police station, where 
at least 133 people spent the night sleep- 
ing on floors and benches. The associa- 
tion also accused police of violating con- 
stitutional rights by arresting most 
people without informing them of the 
charge. 

The application of the bawdyhouse 
provisions of the Criminal Code is ex- 
tremely arbitrary. Although the found-in 
charge is relatively minor (it is a sum- 
mary charge), individuals convicted are 
liable to a fine and will carry a criminal 
record, just like anyone found guilty of 
gross indecency (a charge that carries a 
maximum penalty of five years' impris- 
onment). When the police carry out a 
drug raid, they charge only the traffick- 
ers, not everyone who happens to be on 
the premises. The 122 people charged as 
found-ins at Bud's may become crim- 
inals simply because they went for a beer 
or mineral water in a licenced premises. 

A raid two years ago on a stag party 
for police officers in Mascouche, a small 
Quebec town, reveals the outrageous 
disparity in the laying of indecency 
charges. In that case, only the nude fe- 
male dancers were charged; not a single 
police officer found in that particular 
"bawdyhouse" was arrested. 

Bernard CourteD 



Truxx/Mystique: 
the lessons of 1977 

It took patience, perseverance 
— and sticking together 



The raid on Bud's is not the first time the 
Montreal police have used the bawdy- 
house laws against a gay bar. 

In the early hours of Saturday, October 
22, 1977, more than 50 police, clad in riot 
gear and armed with machine guns, burst 
into Truxx and Le Mystique, two gay 
men's bars in Montreal. On that occasion 
146 men were arrested and charged with 
being found-ins in a common bawdy- 
house. The victims were held in crowded 
police cells for hours without bail and 
were forced to submit to VD tests. News 
of the raids ripped through the gay com- 
munity the following day and, in the space 
of about six hours, the Association pour 
les droits de la communaute gaie du 
Quebec. (Quebec gay community rights 
association) blanketed the bars and baths 
with leaflets and organized a protest for 
that evening. 

By midnight, 2,000 gay people had 
flooded into the intersection of Stanley 
and Ste-Catherine streets. They fought 
with police who were attacking the crowd, 
trying to re-open the streets. The mass 
demonstration was not cleared away for 



about three hours. Four men were 
arrested. 

The raids and the angry response of the 
gay community precipitated a public 
furor. Civil rights organizations and the 
media denounced the heavy-handed police 
tactics and accused the Montreal police of 
discriminatory behaviour towards the 
city's gay population. 

A defence committee was quickly set up 
and a public meeting to discuss the 
strategy of defence drew 300 people. All 
but one of the 146 accused pleaded not 
guilty. 

Giuseppe Salvaggio, owner of Truxx 
and Mystique, was singled out for pros- 




ecution first. He was convicted on April 2, 
1980, sentenced to ten days in jail and 
fined $5,000. Two years later, the Quebec 
Court of Appeals upheld the lower court's 
finding that Truxx was a bawdyhouse 
because men sometimes had sex in the 
washrooms and all patrons were surely 
aware of that, but it reduced Salvaggio's 
sentence. Only then did the Crown pro- 
ceed against the found-ins, whose pros- 
pects looked dismal after the appeal 
court's ruling. 

A Crown offer to drop all charges if 
four men pleaded guilty was refused. 
Defence attorney Joseph Muskatel armed 
himself with transcripts of the Toronto 
1981 bathhouse raid trials and sheafs of 
strategy briefings from Toronto's Right 
to Privacy Committee, which he called 
"dynamite," only to walk into municipal 
court December 14, 1982 and hear Crown 
prosecutor Laurent-Claude Laliberte an- 
nounce he did not plan to proceed. "We 
had no other choice; it was just too much 
money" to bring all of the found-ins to 
trial, Laliberte told the Montreal Gazette. 
Besides, of the four police officials who 
planned the raid, one was dead and two 
others no longer lived in Quebec. The 
Crown had also "misplaced" a large 
quantity of relevent documents. 

"This decision shows the value of stick- 
ing together," Muskatel pointed out at 
the time. And of stocking up on patience 
and perseverance. It took five years. 

TBP news staff 



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Guilty pleas smother real questions 



BARRIE — All the formal actors in the 
week-long courtroom drama — the 
judge, the Crown attorney, the bevy of 
defence lawyers — seemed to agree. Cer- 
tainly, the 31 men who had been charged 
last summer with gross indecency for 
alleged sexual activity in the public 
washroom of the Orillia Opera House 
would not argue with the general, now 
seemingly official, opinion: that the ac- 
cused men had already been severely 
punished by the process of arrest and the 
devastating effect of publicity on their 
personal lives. It was a little late to come 
to that conclusion and it didn't stop the 
legal proceedings from plodding 
through to their end. 

The court appearances had taken a 
while to arrange — eight and a half 
months, in fact. A courtroom in the Bar- 
rie Courthouse had been set aside for the 
entire week of May 14 to 18. County 
court chief judge William Lyon was pre- 
siding and John Alexander, recently ap- 
pointed head Crown attorney for Simcoe 
County, was handling the prosecution. 

All but one of the 14 lawyers showed 
up on the first morning to set a time for 
their clients to appear later in the week. 
Well-known local lawyer Richard Clarke 
was clearly the senior counsel and he 
also had taken the most cases — 14 in 
all. When the judge entered the court- 
room, the entire front row of black- 
robed men bowed deeply in a single rit- 
ual motion. Behind them sat their clients 
— 30 nervous, mostly middle-aged men, 
a large number of them accompanied by 
their wives. 

Also, this time, unlike the first court 
appearance in Orillia last fall, when the 
story was big news and TV camera crews 
chased the accused as they exited from 
the courthouse, there was scarcely a 
reporter in sight. 

The five days in court rolled by with- 
out a hitch. All the inconvenient details 
had been dropped or smoothed away to 
speed up the process. There was a script; 
it had all been decided beforehand in 



meetings among the lawyers and with 
the Crown: everyone was supposed to 
plead guilty. And all but one person 
eventually did so. On the first day, four 
of the accused told the court they would 
be pleading not guilty and would go to 
trial. By the end of the week, however, 
only one person was able to withstand 
the tide of guilty pleas — and the 
pressure of lawyers. 

The final tally: 30 men pleaded guilty. 
Of these, 14 got conditional discharges 
and 17 got fines ranging from $200 to 
$700. The man who asked for a trial — 
an Orillia high-school teacher — was 
convicted anyway and got a conditional 
discharge. His ordeal was not to end 
there, however. 

A week later, the Simcoe County 
Board of Education met in an in-camera 
session and voted to fire him and two 
other teachers for immoral criminal con- 
duct. The three had been put on paid 
sick leave after the charges were made 
public last September. None has been in 
a classroom since then. The Ontario 
Secondary Teachers' Federation plans to 
appeal the firings. 

Crown attorney Alexander told court 
that the Orillia City Police had decided 
early in 1983 there was a "problem" in 
the public washroom in the basement of 
the Opera House. In May they requested 
video-camera equipment from the On- 
tario Provincial Police. In June, a cam- 
era was installed in the ceiling above the 
washroom cubicles. A second camera 
was installed in early July to survey the 
area outside the cubicles. The two 
cameras operated in the washroom for 
five hours a day for a period of 18 days 
during the summer. An Orillia police of- 
ficer watched two monitors during that 
period and switched on cameras when 
something appeared to be happening. 

Almost all of the activity recorded by 
the camera and described in court was 
solitary masturbation behind the closed 
doors of the cubicles. A glory hole in the 
partition allowed for a glimpse of the ad- 
jacent cubicle. "This is certainly not one 
of the most serious offences in the 



Criminal Code," admitted Alexander in 
his opening remarks. 

"These acts may or may not be dis- 
tasteful to most people," Judge Lyons 
said in his decision. It was not the homo- 
sexual acts themselves that made them a 
criminal offence, he said, it was the fact 
that they were committed in a public 
place. Lyons acknowledged that "each 
of the accused has already suffered 
adverse consequences as a result of ar- 
rest and public controversy." Defence 
lawyers all presented details on the ways 
in which this public humiliation had af- 
fected the lives of their clients. Most of 
the men are married, many have chil- 
dren, the majority are in their forties or 
older. One man tried to commit suicide. 
At least three men have reached retire- 
ment age. 

Throughout the week-long court pro- 
ceedings, no lawyer questioned the use 
of video cameras for the detection of 
sexual offences, although a few pointed 
out that it was activity verv difficult to 
detect without the use of such 
sophisticated equipment. No lawyer 
questioned the violation of privacy in- 
herent in focussing a camera on the 
toilet habits of the unsuspecting public, 
although at least one noted that his 
client had no idea it was a criminal of- 
fence to masturbate alone in a 
washroom cubicle. He had thought it 
was private as long as he occupied it. No 
lawyer questioned the entrapment 
techniques of the police, although one 
commented that if his client had been 
charged immediately after the first act 
had been observed, he would not likely 
have been charged a second time the 
next day. No one questioned the cost of 
the investigation, although only a few 
minutes of tape ever appeared in court 
as evidence in one trial. The rest of the 
tape was seen only by the police, the 
Crown attorney and the appropriate 
defence lawyer. 

Finally, no one asked what would 
happen to the tape footage once the 
trials were over. Would it be destroyed, 
or would it go on file somewhere? When 
Staff-Inspector Francis Smith of the 
Orillia City Police was asked that ques- 
tion, he would only say, characteristical- 
ly, "We're giving no interviews on the 
case, period." 

In the corridor outside the courtroom 
during a break, one of the accused, a 



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white-haired gentleman with a twinkle in 
his eye, had an appropriate final com- 
ment: "They should use some of the 
money from the fines to clean up that 
washroom. It's a hell of a mess."- 

Ed Jackson D 

RTPC trims activities, 
pursues fundraising 

TORONTO — It costs a lot of money to 
sue Barbara Amiel, the editor of the 
Toronto Sun. But the Right to Privacy 
Committee is doing just that, because of 
a column Amiel wrote soon after the 
1981 bath raids. She suggested the RTPC 
had caused embarrassment to some of 
those arrested by sending letters to their 
homes. That was not true — the RTPC 
had written to the men in care of their 
lawyers. But it caused trouble, because 
gay people who read the Sun got the im- 
pression the RTPC couldn't be trusted. 

The Sun case is only one of the many 
causes for which the RTPC has had to 
collect funds. Fortunately, the group is 
used to raising money. It raised $150,000 
for the defence of those arrested in the 
bath raids, and helped develop the legal 
defences that got acquittals for most of 
those charged with being found ins-in a 
common bawdyhouse. 

The RTPC, in cooperation with the 
Gay Community Council, also started 
Gay Courtwatch, an organization with 
an office at Old City Hall that keeps 
track of gay people who end up in court 
on entrapment charges (gross indecency, 
committing an indecent act, that sort of 
thing). Courtwatch helps people get 
legal help, and keeps count of the num- 
ber of these cases that go through the 
legal system. 

Money and volunteers are what makes 
it happen. The RTPC recently decided to 
suspend formal political activity and is 
making some in-house changes to help it 
raise even more money. A steering com- 
mittee has been set up to coordinate 
fund-raising for the Amiel suit and the 
other legal work the committee does — 
challenging the search warrant used in 
the 1982 raid on the Back Door baths, 
for example. The steering committee is 
also ready to act in the event of another 
emergency in the community. 

Glenn Wheeler 

Duty-free kisses? 

SHERBROOKE — A symbolic ex- 
change of kisses will take place at the 
Canadian-US border August 25 if Ver- 
mont gay groups respond to an invita- 
tion issued by the Association pour 
l'epanouissement de la communaute 
gaie de PEstrie (association for the 
liberation of the Estrie gay community). 

The participants will kiss each other 
without crossing the border. The action 
is sponsored by the International Gay 
Association and will occur in Ontario, 
Quebec, the US, Switzerland, West Ger- 
many and France. 

Bernard Courte, Montreal □ 



A few years ago, Sue Mabey, a 
member of the United Church of 
Canada, was training to become 
a minister. She had completed the 
necessary education and was 
working as a "supply preacher" at St 
Paul's church in Toronto until she be- 
came officially ordained as a minister. 
The last step in the process was a series 
of interviews in Mabey's home town, or 
presbytery — in Mabey's case, 
Hamilton. 

Mabey was going through divorce 
proceedings at the time of her inter- 
views, and the interview board asked 
why the marriage had broken up. Mabey 
told them: she had realized she was a les- 
bian. The interview board decided not to 
ordain her. 

Sue Mabey left the church, and found 
a job watering plants in offices and 
restaurants. 

• 
That was 1980. This year, in August, the 
General Council of the United Church 
will meet in the small town of Morden, 
Manitoba (population 3,266) for a week 
of discussion and policy-making. One of 
the items expected to be on the council's 
agenda is a report submitted by a task 
force of the Division of Ministry, Per- 
sonnel and Education. The report advo- 
cates the ordination of self-declared ho- 
mosexuals. The big question now is not 
what the council will say about the re- 
port — but whether any decision will be 
made at all. 

The report was made public at the end 
of March. In the two months since then, 
word has come from the church's con- 
ferences — regional areas of church 
membership — that most members want 
more time to consider the task force's 
recommendation that homosexuality . 
should not be a bar to ordination of an 
otherwise fit candidate for the ministry. 

One thousand delegates to the Mari- 
times conference, which sends 38 repre- 
sentatives (or "commissioners") to Gen- 
eral Council, the highest decision-mak- 
ing body of the church, voted in Sack- 
ville, New Brunswick to petition for a 
delay. 

The Toronto conference, which will 
be represented by 42 of the Council's 
350 commissioners, also asked for more 
time. Rev Bruce McLeod, a former 
moderator of the United Church, said, 
"If we move too soon we don't give any 
of us a chance to hear each other and 
grow." 

The Toronto conference met at the 
Thornhill Community Centre. The Duf- 
ferin-Peel Presbytery, one segment of 
the conference, presented a petition ask- 
ing the church to prohibit the ordination 
or commissioning of any minister "who 
communicates to church courts and 
committees his or her persistent and 
preferential homosexual practice." The 
Toronto conference is obliged to pass the 
petition on to the General Council, even 
if they don't approve it. One of the del- 
egates at the community centre recom- 
mended that the conference support the 
report. The recommendation was de- 
feated by a vote of 261 to 223. The 
Northeastern Ontario conference voted 
not to exclude gay people from the 
ministry, but delegates would not en- 
dorse the report, either. The Alberta 
conference wants the issue delayed, and 
delegates have asked for a further 
report. 

The Newfoundland, Hamilton, East- 
ern Ontario and London conferences 
have all voted against the report's rec- 
ommendations. ¥he London conference 
also turned down a recommendation 
that called for further study. 

Clearly, many people of the church do 
not feel ready to make a decision. But 



THE RIGHT QUESTIONS, 
BUT NO EASY ANSWERS 

The debate on gay ordination continues 

to stymie the not-so United Church. 

A report by Gillian Rodgerson 




A definite maybe: Church moderator Clarke MacDonald stands pat on refusal to take a stand 



the report was intended as a document 
for study, a basis for discussion. Per- 
haps the lack of consensus among dele- 
gates is a good sign: so far, there has 
been more study and discussion than 
outright rejection of the report's 
recommendations . 

• 
The United Church of Canada holds 
strong positions on many sensitive 
issues: nuclear disarmament, apartheid 
and the interference of the United States 
in Central America are but a few. United 
Church Sunday schools preach about 
the importance of social action as they 
dole out the weekly Bible verses. Peti- 
tions and letters to local politicians are 
as common a sight on church bulletin 
boards as pictures of the congregation's 
missionary family grinning in the desert 
or notices of the quilting group's next 
meeting. 



Clarke MacDonald, moderator of the 
church for the past two years, is a strong 
public advocate of nuclear disarmament 
and the human rights of gay people. He 
demonstrated his support of the peace 
movement by publicly protesting at Lit- 
ton Systems — yet he refuses to make a 
public statement on the question that is 
now before the church. In a way this is 
the result of the position he holds — his 
title is indicative of the role the church 
expects him to take on questions of 
church policy. Unlike most religious 
organizations, the United Church has no 
formal line of authority. And MacDon- 
ald, although he will preside over the 
August meeting of the General Council, 
holds no real power: his decisions are 
not binding, and neither are those of the 
council itself. 

The real key to the power structure of 
the United Church is the laity — the 



people in the pews. 

• 
Sue Mabey is no longer a member of the 
United Church, but she has done a lot of 
work to change the minds of those 
people in the pews. She has lectured as 
"Exhibit A," as she put it, at a number 
of United churches recently, and she 
says she doesn't think members of the 
congregation want to know what their 
ministers do in bed. She knows many 
people are worried about what kind of 
example will be set for "young people." 
(Ministers, like teachers, are looked 
upon by the general populace as role 
models.) Other people have more mun- 
dane worries. For example, will homo- 
sexual ministers be living in United 
Church manses with their lovers? Mabey 
thinks that most church-goers are still 
questioning the idea of ordination for 
gay men and lesbians. Many of those 
who are undecided but would likely op- 
pose the recommendation have never ac- 
tually met a gay person. They often find 
they get over their objections to the idea 
after talking to someone like Sue 
Mabey. Another factor that changes 
people's minds, Mabey speculates, is the 
"bigotedness" of those openly opposed 
to the report. "Sometimes the best thing 
reports like this have going for them are 
those against," Mabey says — and she 
may be right. 

• 
"Those against" have certainly been 
making their views clear. One of the 
report's supporters is Rev Frank 
Meadows, of Toronto's Fairlawn United 
Church. Fairlawn has received two 
bomb threats. 

No one has threatened to blow up 85 
St Clair Avenue East, the United Church 
of Canada's head office and a much 
more visible target. But members of the 
church have sent letters to that address 
threatening to withdraw their financial 
support. Dr Anne Squire, head of the 
Division of Ministry, Personnel and 
Education, is in charge of replying to let- 
ters about the division's report. By June 
1 more than a thousand letters had been 
received by the church . Some of these 
were sent to the United Church Obser- 
ver, an independent journal that chroni- 
cles the church's activities. The Observer 
forwarded the mail on to Squire's office. 
Squire says the letters have been mostly 
negative, and some of them homopho- 
bic. But, as she points out, "Usually it's 
the people who are against something 
who write letters." Many letters arrived 
only a few days after the release of the 
report, so it appears that some detrac- 
tors were reacting to press accounts of 



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Some "fast footwork*'— and 
a little showing off 



Many of the United Church's gay mem- 
bers who consider becoming ministers 
conceal their sexual preference. This 
makes ordination more possible — but it 
can also make life extremely painful. One 
recent graduate says it's difficult to be out 
in the seminary because of the "atmos- 
phere of paranoia" which builds up dur- 
ing the series of interviews candidates 
must go through before ordination. At the 
congregational, presbytery and confer- 
ence levels, everyone intending to be a 
candidate is questioned on a variety of 
topics from theology to sexuality. In her 
interviews, one woman told the congrega- 



tion board she wasn't married; they re- 
plied that they'd have to "marry her off," 
perhaps by "putting a sign on the lawn of 
the manse." "Some fast footwork" and 
changing of pronouns are required when 
the gay or lesbian candidate is asked 
about relationships. 

One of the conditions for ordination is 
that the candidate be placed in a con- 
gregation. The "prevailing mythology is 
that congregations won't accept a gay 
minister," the graduate explained, 
"especially if they think they're having a 
fast one pulled on them, that they're hav- 
ing this deviant plopped in their midst to 
be their minister." The congregation must 
trust its minister and believe the minister is 
equipped to do the job. If an awareness of 
sexual orientation colours the congrega- 
tion's perception of their pastor, it can 
make the pastor's job much harder. 

When asked how being a lesbian will af- 
fect her ministry, the graduate says she 
has "a real identification with oppressed 
people." She tries to concentrate on the 



positive things being lesbian would bring 
to the ministry: "I have to do that to sur- 
vive," she says, "because the negatives 
are so overwhelming." 
• 
The Manitoba gay community is making a 
contribution to the General Council 
meeting through a programme called 
"Manitoba Experience," to be held the 
weekend of August 10 to 12. The event 
will allow commissioners and some 
members of the press to spend time with 
people involved in a variety of activities, 
from hog-farming to gay liberation. The 
chance to meet the "invisible Christians" 
of the gay community is intended to help 
commissioners get to know gay people. 
"Be with them in their homes; observe 
and enjoy their social life; worship with 
them," says the conference brochure. 
Although the tourist approach may be 
questionable, the "Manitoba Experience" 
may be what some commissioners need so 
they can make up their minds about the 
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the report. Squire notes that it was dif- 
ficult to assess how many individuals ac- 
tually wrote letters. (It seems that those 
who oppose the report are not only vocal 
but well-organized: a lot of the mail 
Squire received consisted of photocopies 
of a few oft-repeated negative letters.) 
And a number of the letters were the 
work of Pentecostal church members. 

So that's the hate mail. Squire divides 
the responses to the report into three 
categories; the other two are "support- 
ive" and "uncertain." 

A researcher has been hired to analyze 
the letters and present a report to the 
commissioners about their contents. 
Many positive letters have come from 
parents and friends of gay members of 
the church. Squire said that there have 
also been a number of positive responses 
from individual members of the Angli- 
can and Roman Catholic clergy. 



But the real clue to the debate at this 
time is the "uncertains." Squire said 
most of the uncertain letters centred 
around questions of lifestyle, the rela- 
tion of theology and the Bible to homo- 
sexuality, and the issues of sin and sex- 
uality itself. In these issues may lie the 
answer to the question of the church's 
marked reluctance to take a stand. 

The United Church has only recently 
begun to examine sexuality and human 
relations in a religious context. In 1980 
the church released a report on sexuality 
called In God's Image. . . Male and Fe- 
male. Debate over that publication is 
still raging. The controversy was enli- 
vened by the release of the task-force re- 
port this March — a follow-up to the 
1980 report. The March report is strong- 
ly positive towards gay Christians. 
Squire thinks that because these issues 
are very new topics of study for the 



church, the report is the obvious focus 
of reaction. 

• 
One person who will be affected by the 
report is a gay chaplain at a Canadian 
correctional facility, who shares some of 
the concerns of the "uncertains;" feel- 
ing, for example, that the issue is a much 
larger one than the ordination of gay 
church members. It boils down to a 
debate that has been carried on for years 
over the authority of Scripture. Accord- 
ing to the chaplain, the historical debate 
has posed the literal interpretation of the 
Bible against its use as a guide for faith 
and life. That debate has been the basis 
for other questions that have threatened 
to split the church in the past: the con- 
troversy in the 1930s over the ordination 
of women; disagreements about the 
"nature" of the ordained ministry; and 
the debate over inclusive language in the 



liturgy. "The church is like a peat bog 
that's on fire underneath. Fires crop up 
and we're upset by outbursts, but we 
don't realize we're walking on coals all 
the time." 

The chaplain believes that the church 
must solve the basic problem of the 
authority of the Scripture — either by 
agreeing to disagree in some way, or by 
dividing in two. Otherwise, there will 
always be issues that threaten a split. 

At present, one group threatening to 
leave if it does not get its way is the right- 
wing United Church Renewal Fellow- 
ship. The group is particularly strong in 
British Columbia, where Affirm, the 
organization of United Church gays, is 
also strong. At the meeting of the BC 
Conference, the two groups exhibited 
rare cooperation: they both urged that 
the report be discussed and settled final- 
ly at Morden. Both groups believe that 



10 □ THE BODY POLITIC C JULY/AUGUST 1984 



the time for talk is past. A decision must 
be made. 

The UCRF publishes a paper called 
The Small Voice. A recent issue was 
titled "Healing for the Homosexual, 
Healing for the Church." In this title lies 
a clue to the UCRF's position. UCRF 
members appear firmly convinced that 
homosexuality can be "cured" and the 
paper includes testimonials from five 
"ex-gays" who now claim to be involved 
in successful heterosexual marriages. 

The view of gayness as something that 
needs only a good religious experience to 
"be cured" allows the UCRF to justify 
its anti-gay stance. The group claims 
that healing would "in the long run... be 
of greater significance for the homo- 
sexual person and community than what 
to this point has been advocated." What 
has been advocated is the ordination of 
homosexuals — in effect, an end to the 
United Church's homophobia. 

In May, Rev Clifford Elliot of Bloor 
Street United Church in Toronto wrote a 
guest column in the Toronto Star, stress- 
ing the importance of gay and straight 
church members sitting down together 
to talk. "Perhaps the best thing about 
the church's report on the ordination of 
homosexuals is that it will stimulate 
more open discussion of homosexuality 
in the churches and in society generally," 
Elliot wrote. "Christian intolerence and 
discrimination against homosexuals may 
not be directly responsible for the op- 
pression of homosexuals in our society, 
but without Christian intolerance and 
discrimination, society's oppression of 
homosexuals would not long continue." 

• 
The "Christian intolerance" to which 
Elliot refers is by no means confined to 
the United Church, but some denomina- 
tions have fared better than others. 




Overwhelmed: Ann Squire got lots of letters 

The House of Bishops of the Anglican 
Church of Canada, for example, has in- 
formally decided that a bishop who or- 
dains a gay candidate need not face cen- 
sure by his peers — not exactly rampant 
support for gay clergy, but certainly not 
active censuring of homosexuality. 

Bruce Hunter of Dignity Toronto, an 
organization for gay Catholics, thinks it 
is "just terrific" that the United Church 
is debating the issue of gay ministers. 
Asked about his church's position on 
gay clergy, he speculated that the Catho- 
lic Church felt "it's okay to be a bird as 
long as you don't fly." Unfortunately — 
likely as a result of the Pope's scheduled 
visit in the fall — this attitude is chang- 
ing. As TBP goes to press, it has been 
discovered that two men have been fired 
from the staff of St Augustine seminary. 
Their abrupt dismissal was the result of a 
long investigation into allegations of 
homosexuality at the school. 



Turning liberals into terrorists 

Toronto's Allan Gardens turned out to be a great place for a demonstration against 
Bill C-9. That's the legislation to set up the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, a 
spy-catching agency separate from the RCMP with the power to carry out the dirty 
work the RCMP has had to do illegally. The bill was organized by Solicitor-General 
Robert Kaplan; the demo was organized by a bunch of anarchist groups in Toronto, 
and attended by a slew of people — some disguised, some, like those below, not, and 
some who weren't used to being in Allan Gardens in the daylight. 

"It's blackmail," one speaker told us in the shade of the Robbie Burns statue. 
"People say, 'If I don't bother them, they won't bother me.' But it isn't like that. 
The wording of the legislation is so broad that even the wishy-washiest liberal can 
come under their gaze. First you're a liberal and then you're a terrorist." 

Bill C-9 was the hot topic in the House of Commons during the May, but as TBP 
goes to press it looks likely that the bill will be passed — despite a three-day filibuster 
by the NDP's Svend Robinson and a last-ditch attempt by Toronto MP Dan Heap to 
stall passage. 

The Opposition has managed to secure a few changes in the bill. Warrants to tap 
telephones or bug premises will be good for 60 days (instead of the originally pro- 
posed year) and the solicitor-general must approve warrant renewals. 

If Kaplan has his way, the bill will be approved by the Commons and the Senate 
before the summer recess begins June 29. □ 




Some people are forced out of the 
church; others leave of their own voli- 
tion; many fight hard to stay. Most of 
the gay United Church ministers I talked 
to had not revealed their sexuality to the 
church. But they all say that if the 
church decides against ordination for 
homosexuals, they won't leave. 

The prison chaplain is especially 
determined to remain in the church's 
fold. "I will not leave. If the church 
does not accept this report, then the 
church is not following the will of Jesus 
Christ.... One must stay within the 
church and call the church to be 
faithful." 

Sue Mabey has a different solution. 
When she applied to become an or- 
dained minister, she says, she had "no 
idea that she'd be the first" self-declared 
gay candidate. And she "certainly had 
no intention of becoming a crusader." 
In the fall of 1983 she joined MCC 
Toronto as a student minister, and now 
she is the part-time assistant to Pastor 
Brent Hawkes. She will be licenced as an 
MCC minister next May. Would she re- 
join the United Church if it decides to 
ordain homosexuals? "No. I have no 
desire to be the test case. I would not 
want my ministry under that kind of 
microscope. It would be the first thing 
people would know about me." 

Mabey wonders if that many people 
would come out even if the church does 
decide in favour of ordination for gay 
men and lesbians. "When it's a political 
issue and human rights are at stake, 
people come out," she says. "People 
have a right to reveal themselves if they 
want to, but it's not the most important 
thing about a ministry." 

• 
Clifford Elliot is right in his assessment 
of the value of the task force's report. 
The very fact that it has put the issue of 
homosexuals in the church squarely in 
front of people's faces, as close to them 
as the pulpit of their neighbourhood 
church or beside them in the pew, is an 
important beginning 

Gillian RodgersonD 

Gay rights back on 
Manitoba's agenda 

WINNIPEG —The Manitoba Human 
Rights Commission has released a 
package of proposed amendments to the 
Human Rights Code, which the chair- 
person of the commission says will make 
it the most advanced human rights code 
in North America. Among the many rec- 
ommended changes is a section prohibit- 
ing discrimination on the grounds of 
sexual orientation. 

If the New Democratic Party govern- 
ment chooses to accept any or all of the 
recommendations (they could ignore the 
report completely), the amendments to 
the code will probably not be introduced 
in the legislature until late this year or 
early 1985. 

Dale Gibson, chairperson of the Man- 
itoba Human Rights Commission, is op- 
timistic about the acceptance of most of 
the package, including equal pay for 
women and the prohibiting of discrimin- 
ation on the grounds of pregnancy, 
criminal record and social status, but is 
less hopeful about the sexual-orientation 
clause. Manitoba's NDP government 
may be unwilling to pass this portion of 
the amendment for several reasons. The 
NDP fears the public reprisal the clause 
might generate — some party members 
predict the bigots will come out with 
their placards. This is an inopportune 
time for government controversy, as the 
NDP is still recovering from the public 



backlash it encountered in its attempts 
to legislate French language rights. 

Gibson feels these fears are unfounded. 
While the package was being prepared, 
the commission held a series of public 
meetings so that people could express their 
views of the proposed amendments. At 
one meeting Gibson endorsed the sexual- 
orientation clause, and 50 or 60 individ- 
uals and organizations made presenta- 
tions in favour of the amendment — 
among them the Manitoba Teachers' So- 
ciety and the Manitoba Association of 
Registered Nurses. Gibson said he has re- 
ceived only two letters from people op- 
posed to the clause. 

The government might also reject the 
sexual-orientation clause for financial 
reasons. According to Gibson, enlar- 
ging the areas of prohibited discrimina- 
tion will increase the number of discrim- 
ination claims and result in the need for 




Optimistic: Dale Gibson, rights body head 

more staff to handle the extra work. 

Chris Vogel, coordinator of Gays for 
Equality, fears there is little chance the 
clause will be passed. There has not been 
a striking case of discrimination in the re- 
cent past, he says, so people will not un- 
derstand the need for protection in the 
human rights code. Meanwhile, Vogel 
continues to try to convince the govern- 
ment to pass the amendment. Demon- 
strations are being planned, and gay 
people are being asked to write to mem- 
bers of the legislature. As well, Gays for 
Equality is trying to involve other provin- 
cial organizations in its efforts. 

One group in favour of the amend- 
ment is the Manitoba Chapter of the 
College of Family Physicians of Canada. 
A letter from the College of Family 
Physicians to Manitoba Attorney-Gen- 
eral Roland Penner outlined the general 
attitudes of Manitoba doctors. The Col- 
lege said that if gay people were protect- 
ed from discrimination, they would be 
less afraid to come out to their doctors; 
detection of AIDS would be easier, and 
doctors would have less problems track- 
ing down carriers of venereal disease. 
The Attorney-General dismissed the 
physician's concerns by saying: "I 
would be surprised in this day and age 
that anyone would hesitate (to reveal 
sexual preference) to a doctor." 

One member of the Manitoba govern- 
ment who is not opposed to the new 
amendment is Muriel Smith, cabinet 
minister for Community Services and 
Corrections. She says her support of the 
amendment has been known for some 
time. However, she concedes that, what- 
ever her opinion, she will willingly go 
along with the government's decision 
about the proposal. 

Although the amendment package is 
complete, it is not known if the govern- 
ment will choose to introduce it to the 
legislature. Until the entire package has 
been accepted, Quebec will remain t he- 
only province in Canada with a Human 
Rights Act that provides legal protection 
for gay people. 

John Moreau, Toronto 



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COMBAT ZONE 

CHRIS BEARCHELL 



Administrative artbusters 



"We would have been required by the 
Theatres Act to (conduct this raid) if 
they'd been showing Bambi." 

— an official of the Ministry 

of Consumer and Commercial 

Relations in an interview with 

the Globe and Mail 

Curator Jane Wright had worked hard 
to mount Toronto's end of the British- 
Canadian Video Exchange '84 at Can- 
ada's oldest artist-run centre, A Space. 
It wasn't until the fourth screening in the 
series, May 31, that the censor board's 
axe fell. 

It was an evening of tapes "dealing 
with sexuality, stereotypes and self- 
image," although they contained noth- 
ing so controversial as nudity. The 
tapes, including "Framed Youth," by 
the London Lesbian and Gay Video Pro- 
ject, had all been shown and the audi- 
ence was filing out of the gallery when 
TBP reporter Tim McCaskell noticed a 
mean-looking man in a dark-blue suit 
engaged in a heated discussion with 
Wright. He wandered over and discov- 
ered that the curator was being present- 
ed with documents listing the tapes (all 
those shown that evening) and equip- 
ment (a $2,500 videotape player on loan 
from Harbourfront Gallery) that were 
about to be seized by the man and an 
accomplice. Wright had been avoiding 
direct confrontation with the censors for 
the two weeks the exhibit had been 
open. It was their move — and they'd 
obviously decided to take it. 

Representatives of the Theatres 
Branch of the above-named ministry 
had attended three earlier screenings (in- 
cluding two devoted to the peace move- 
ment) in the series, which was financed 
by arts-funding agencies on both sides of 
the Atlantic. No charges were laid at the 
time of the raid, although the organizers 
were told they had contravened section 
38 of the Theatres Act, which requires 
that they have a licenced projectionist 
and that films be submitted to the censor 
board. They were also told that they 
could contact censor-board chairman 
(sic) Mary Brown the morning after the 
raid and that they might get the tapes 
back, "depending on her mood." The 
gallery points out that videos don't need 
projectionists, as they run themselves, 
"like sculpture," and that it is "inap- 
propriate for the Theatres Branch to 
have control over these works of art." 

As TBP goes to press, the tapes and 
equipment have not been returned to A 
Space; nor have charges been laid. 
Subsequent screenings in the British- 
Canadian Video Exchange have gone 
unmolested, although seizure of the 
equipment forced the cancellation of 
British video artist Tina Keane's sculp- 
tural-installation work about the Green- 
ham Common peace camp. 

A Space members and supporters 
were understandably shocked and out- 
raged at the action against a critically ac- 
claimed art exhibition. Jane Wright said, 
the night of the raid, that it was "an in- 
ternational embarrassment and will cer- 
tainly damage the reputations of all art 
institutions in the province. When the 
province moves with such a heavy hand 
against an art gallery, what's next? Are 
they going to be judging Daintings and 
drawings, too?" 



While this exhibition is completely 
consistent with the video work exhibited 
by A Space since 1970, according to the 
gallery's board of directors, this is the 
first project of its scope to be mounted 
and presented in Canada. The gallery 
fears the intervention of the Theatres 
Branch jeopardizes the future of all such 
exhibitions. 

In spite of the fact that censorship is a 
natural issue around which the alterna- 
tive-arts world could organize a com- 
mon political response, many worry that 
the competition fostered among artists 



"When the province moves 
with such a heavy hand 
against an art gallery, 
what's next? Are they 
going to be judging 
paintings and drawings, 
too?" 



and galleries will undermine A Space's 
chances for widespread support within 
the arts community. 

These days, the Ontario Censor Board 
operates in spite of court decisions that 
it is unconstitutional unless the "com- 
munity standards" by which it decides 
what to censor are defined in law. Tech- 
nically, the board — which is about to 
be renamed, in Newspeak, the Ontario 
Film Review Board — doesn't yet have 
jurisdiction over videotapes. Consumer 
and Commercial Relations Minister 
Robert Elgie introduced legislation May 
28 that he hopes will answer the court's 
objections. It will also extend the 
board's power to "classify, cut and 
ban" videotapes. 

The legislation, introduced only three 
days before the raid, will not likely be 
enacted before this September. 

The horror of this incident is that, as 
our official from the ministry noted, the 
content of the tapes is irrelevant. The 
censor board, riding a wave of pro-cen- 
sorship sentiment, has taken upon itself 
to extend its mandate to video, happy to 
use a bureaucratic device to harass sus- 
picious art, regardless of what that art 
may contain. The prior censorship de- 
manded by the board has nothing to do 
with what might or might not be accept- 
able according to contemporary Canadi- 
an community standards — that's the 
business of the Criminal Code, however 
poorly those standards may be defined 
there. While the obscenity provisions in 
criminal law make the censor board 
quite unnecessary for anyone's "protec- 
tion," it remains a useful administrative, 
rather than judicial, means of control- 
ling what the public may see. 

The re-vamping of the censor board 
has been justified as a means to curb the 
spread of pornographic video casettes 
for home consumption. The first target 
of the censors' videomania, however, 
has been not under-the-counter smut, 
but an alternative art gallery showing 
what may as well have been Bambi. 
What anti-censorship advocate could 
resist saying "I told you so"? But that's 
small comfort as you watch your worst 
fears being realized. □ 



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Cheap Thrills & Blueberry Tarts 

The Notso Amazon Softball League premiered Sunday, May 27, bringing what ap- 
peared to be half the lesbian population of Toronto to Riverdale Park. The exhibi- 
tion play put all twelve of the league's teams on the field; the games began at 10:30 
and ended at 5:00. By midday the players, their friends, lovers, children and pets, as 
well as a steady stream of passers-by, had taken over the park. Riverdale turned into 
the mythical land of the Amazons for a day. 

The NASL is Toronto's first lesbian sports league, and this is its first summer. The 
response the organizers received went far beyond anything they had expected, and 
more than 200 women signed up. The league has accepted as many members as it can 
accommodate for this season (sorry, there's no room for you even if you are just a 
little dyke who doesn't take up much space), but names are being placed on a waiting 
list, and cheerleading squads are now under construction. 

With a guiding hand from the "Notso Collective," twelve regular-season games 
have been scheduled for Sunday afternoons at four locations across the city, fol- 
lowed by playoffs beginning in the middle of September and an end-of-season 
awards banquet. While they don't intend to provide the Salukis, Toronto's lesbian 
hot-shot team, with any serious competition, the Notso Amazons who played in last 
Sunday's games demonstrated that they can play a good game of baseball. 

This is definitely a league with character. Teams originally labeled "A," "B," "C" 
and so on have renamed themselves "Cheap Thrills," "Cruisers," "Bats Out of 
Hell" and "Blueberry Tarts" (the precise meaning of this name escapes even the 
team members right now). 

Traditional softball rules have been altered slightly to make the game fit the 
league. For the benefit of those who haven't hit a ball since grade three, for example, 
the umpire may step in and keep the pitching speed down. Base stealing is allowed, 
which lets the real athletes impress the bejesus out of everybody else. In the exhibi- 
tion games not much attention was paid to formalities, and socializing tended to take 
over. In game number two, one base runner recognized a friend on the bag, and they 
met in a big hug on first base while the ball rolled away along the grass. 

The league's name is a bit misleading — a lot of these "notsos" are genuine 
Amazons. A blonde in red sunglasses made a particularly strong showing Sunday, 
playing at least two and a half positions at once, base coaching the rest, and in- 
timidating the other team's pitcher into throwing exclusively to her feet or over her 
head. She had someone else do her running for her, but this is a temporary situation 
— she dropped her 550cc four-cylinder Honda on her leg just before the last prac- 
tice, and it will take a few weeks to heal. 

Come out and catch a few games — and a few rays — some Sunday. The games 
are free, and the company is the best in town. Lee Waldorf □ 



Customs seizure case 
to test rights charter 

OTTAWA — The constitutionality of a 
portion of the federal Customs Tariff Act 
that authorizes customs officers to seize 
material they deem immoral or indecent 
has been upheld by an Ontario county 
court. Jean-Louis Cote, an Ottawa writer 
and translator who is challenging the law, 
says he will likely appeal, but has not 
made a final decision. 

The story began March 28, 1983, 
when an Ottawa airport customs officer 
searched Cote's carry-on bag after he 
debarked from a flight from New York. 
The officer found and seized ten erotic 
magazines for gay men. "The whole 



thing was shocking," says a still angry 
Cote. "He wanted to embarrass me. He 
held up the magazines for the whole 
crowd to see." When Cote challenged 
the officer, he was told, "My word is 
final here." It was only with great diffi- 
culty that he secured a receipt for the 
magazines and the information that the 
seizure could be appealed. 

Cote filed an appeal and received a 
notice from the Department of National 
Revenue dated April 29 informing him 
that two of the magazines would be 
returned to him, while the other eight 
were found to be "correctly classified as 
immoral and indecent." 

Cote decided to take the matter to 
court. Joseph Magnet, a professor of 
law at the University of Ottawa, took 
the case, which was heard December 1 
by Ontario county court judge D L 



Mc William. 

Instead of challenging the finding that 
the eight magazines are immoral and in- 
decent, Magnet argued that Item 
99201-1 of Schedule C of the Customs 
Tariff Act, which prohibits the importa- 
tion of material "of an immoral or inde- 
cent character," contravenes Section 
2(b) of the Charter of Rights and Free- 
doms. The section sets forth "freedom 
of thought, belief, opinion and expres- 
sion, including freedom of the press and 
other media of communication" as a 
fundamental freedom, "subject only to 
such reasonable limits prescribed by law 
as can be demonstrably justified in a free 
and democratic society." 

Magnet maintained that the vague 
terms "immoral" and "indecent" fail to 
meet the constitutional requirement that 
limits be prescribed by law, since a 
citizen cannot determine with certainty 
what is deemed immoral or indecent. 

In his decision, released May 15, 1984, 
McWilliam acknowledged that the eight 
magazines depicted "explicit homosex- 
ual acts and virtually nothing else." But 
he ruled that the words "immoral" and 
"indecent" do have a meaning, deriva- 
ble from the community standard of tol- 
erance and that, therefore, their use in a 
law does constitute prescription by law. 



"Judge McWilliam's view appears to 
be, in practice, that tolerance applies 
only to a certain number of things that 
already enjoy wide public sanction," 
says Cote. "Why did our government 
see fit to drag the Queen out in the rain 
to sign the Charter of Rights in 1982? If 
we really needed for our freedom no 
other guarantee than community toler- 
ance, then hadn't we Canadians already 
enjoyed that for over a hundred years?" 

Magnet describes the case as "very 
clean" and regards the judgment as 
highly appealable. "This law gives arbi- 
trary and unlimited discretion to border 
guards," he says. "It's arbitrary, irra- 
tional and chaotic and cannot be consid- 
ered a limit prescribed by law." 

So far, the costs of pursuing the case 
have been borne by both Cote and 
Magnet. Readers are invited to send 
donations or letters of support to The 
Body Politic Fund, Box 7289, Stn A, 
Toronto, Ontario M5W 1X9. Please 
make cheques payable to "Lynn King in 
trust for Cote." (The directors of the 
former Body Politic Free the Press Fund 
have agreed that money collected by the 
fund can now be applied to other censor- 
ship cases.) 

Cote has until July 15 to appeal. 

Ken Popert, TorontoD 



Complacency threatens AIDS group 



TORONTO — The AIDS Committee of 
Toronto (ACT) outdid itself during AIDS 
Awareness Week, June 4 to June 10, 
organizing an ambitious slate of four 
public forums, a press conference, open 
houses and four benefit bar nights. 

The forums, held on consecutive 
nights, were entitled "AIDS: an Update 
for Health Personnel," "The New 
Virus: What the Discovery Means," 
"Women Talking about AIDS," and 
"Hemophilia — How it Concerns us 
All." Featured speakers included Dr 
Alastair Clayton, director-general of the 
Laboratory Centre for Disease Control, 
National Advisory Committee on AIDS 
chair Dr Norbert Gilmore, Provincial 
Advisory Committee on AIDS chair Dr 
Mary Fanning, and US gay health col- 
umnist Nathan Fain. 

Although the June 5 forum advertised 



"the new virus," as its theme, surpris- 
ingly little was said about either 
the virus or its implications. Dr Gilmore 
cautioned that although the discovery of 
the virus and a blood test to detect it is 
encouraging, the blood test measures 
antibodies only, and thus cannot deter- 
mine whether a person is currently infec- 
tious or was infected in the past but has 
now recovered. 

"Women and AIDS," held June 6, 
featured health activist Anne Rochon 
Ford, who drew parallels between the 
media and public response to AIDS and 
the response to certain feminist health 
issues. AIDSupport member Linda Boyd 
felt the forum was valuable because 
"many women don't realize the ways in 
which AIDS affects their lives, regardless 
of sexual orientation, or the ways they 
can help the lives of other people it af- 



Chilling 
indifference? 

Mayor Eggleton plays politics 
with AIDS Awareness Week 

If poor attendance at AIDS Awareness 
Week events indicated the need for greater 
public awareness of AIDS, the manner in 
which Toronto mayor Art Eggleton 
declared the week did absolutely nothing 
to help. Eggleton's office did not inform 
ACT that the mayor would proclaim the 
week until it was too late for the informa- 
tion to be used in attendance-building 
publicity. 

Although ACT submitted its request for 
an official proclamation April 12, it was 
only on June 1 that the organization got 
an answer, too late to place the newspaper 
advertisement they had planned. 

At the June 4 press conference that 
opened the Week, ACT chairperson 
Michael Lynch castigated Eggleton. "Al- 
though he knew this week was supported 
by federal, provincial and city health 
authorities, Mayor Eggleton delayed.... 
His evasion of leadership shows irrational 
fear and callous insensitivity," said 
Lynch. 



Earlier, ACT officer manager Karsten 
Kossmann spoke more pointedly: "He de- 
layed until the last minute to avoid having 
his support made public and still be able 
to claim political advantage for having 
done it." 

Imants Purvs, Eggleton's administra- 
tion assistant, described Kossmann's alle- 
gation as "unworthy of comment" and 
said there was nothing unusual in the last- 
minute issuance of the proclamation. 

However, Anne Moon, public-relations 
coordinator for the Toronto health de- 
partment, told TBP her department had 
learned from the mayor's office that he 
would declare AIDS Awareness Week "at 
least ten days" before June 4. She sug- 
gested the failure to inform ACT was the 
result of a "communication breakdown." 
It is also possible that the imminent depar- 
ture of special assistant David Goyette 
from the mayor's office contributed to the 
information blackout. 

But the absence of any expression ot 
regret by Eggleton over the delay and its 
effects points to two unpleasant alterna- 
tive conclusions: an effort to educate the 
public and the especially affected group- 
about a wasting and lethal disease was 
damaged either a- a matter of deliberate 
policy or as the outcome of chilling 
indifference. Ken Popert 



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fects." To date, eleven women in Cana- 
da have been diagnosed as having AIDS. 

Despite the wide range of topics and 
speakers, the forums drew disappoint- 
ingly small audiences. The panels on 
hemophilia, women, and health-care 
personnel attracted less than 40 people 
each, while the forum aimed at the gay 
community drew only 175 people. 

The low attendance figures reflect the 
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men over the past year. Although the 
number of AIDS cases continues to 
climb, and significant medical discover- 
ies have been made, AIDS no longer in- 
spires the fear and intense interest it did 
a year ago. 

The reason may be that gay men (and 
the general community as well) have 
simply gotten used to AIDS and, reas- 
sured by the slow rate of increase, have 
become complacent. The media, too, 
have lost interest, and with AIDS rarely 
making headlines any more, the issue 
seems less important. 

Then there is ACT's role, which has 
been to downplay the sense of crisis, 
concentrating on defusing panic and 
promoting an informed, rational ap- 
proach. In the process, however, con- 
cern about AIDS seems to have been 
defused as well, and the organization 
has been unable to maintain the com- 
munity support it gained last year. 

The flagging interest could not have 
come at a worse time, for ACT is now 
facing a major funding crisis. ACT's 
core funding for 1983-84, a grant of 
some $65,000 for the COED project, a 
federal-provincial make-work pro- 
gramme, ends June 30, with no new 
funding source in sight. "All three levels 
of government have told us to look else- 
where for renewed core funding," said 
ACT office manager Karsten Kossmann. 
However, St George MPP Susan Fish 
continues to lobby for the organization, 
and ACT chair Michael Lynch expresses 
hopes that provincial health minister 
Keith Norton will come through with 
financial support. 

"ACT managed to raise one-third of 
its $100,000 budget last year, through 
fund-raising in the gay community," 
said Kossmann, "but we cannot hope to 
support an office, staff salaries, phone 
lines and printing costs on private dona- 
tions alone." If the group does not re- 
ceive funding, the vital role ACT plays in 
community education, phone counsel- 
ling and monitoring media reporting on 
AIDS will have to be taken over by other 
community groups. 

Susan Fish has called ACT "a model 
information centre and counselling ser- 
vice that is referred to across the coun- 
try. Their services have proved invalu- 
able to the community." But counselling 
and information are hard to measure, 
and carry little weight where government 
funding is concerned. If the media were 
paying more attention, and if the num- 
ber of AIDS cases had increased more 
rapidly during the past year (as they may 
well do in the year to come), provincial, 
federal and municipal governments 
would jump at the chance to appear to 
be responding to a public crisis. 

Last year, the Toronto Health Depart- 
ment's widely acclaimed risk-reduction 
poster told gay men, "Don't play the 
numbers game." But when it comes to 
funding an essential public service, it 
seems that is exactly the game the de- 
partment and higher government levels 
are playing. Robert Trow □ 

Canadian AIDS update (as of May 30, 1984): 
88 adult cases (77 males, 11 females), of 
whom 40 are alive and 48 dead; 49 homosex- 
uals, 39 heterosexuals or unknown. 
Provincial breakdown: Quebec 41; Ontario 
30; British Columbia 8; Alberta 4; Nova 
Scotia 2; Manitoba, Newfoundland and 
Saskatchewan, all I each. 



14 □ THE BODY POLITIC □ JULY/AUGUST 1984 



COPWATCH 

GLENN WHEELER 



Antagonists and apologists 



All across Canada (everywhere in the 
world!) people have trouble with the 
police. In Halifax, cops harass gay men 
cruising the Triangle and keep silent 
about rapes in the well-to-do areas of the 
South End because, says Chief Fitz Fry, 
talking about it would lower property 
values. In Regina, the police send their 
dogs after native people. In Montreal, 
they raid gay bars and charge the patrons 
with being found in a common bawdy- 
house. And everywhere, it seems, cops 
prey on gay men in washrooms, tease 
them and trick them into grabbing a feel. 

It was public dissatisfaction with the 
Metro Toronto police that led to the for- 
mation of the Citizens' Independent Re- 
view of Police Activities. CIRPA is a com- 
munity group that receives complaints 
about the police, processes them and uses 
them to make recommendations on pol- 
icing in Toronto. 

It was the public outcry over the 
shooting of Albert Johnson, a black man, 
in 1979 and the bath raids in 1981 that 
resulted in the creation of CIRPA. No 
other city in Canada has an organization 
like it. Perhaps there's a different pol- 
itical climate in Toronto. Or perhaps it's 
because the bath raids in 1981 resulted in 
more arrests — more than 300 — than 
any other single police action in Canada. 

Toronto also has Richard Ericson, who 
teaches in the Centre of Criminology at 
the University of Toronto, and Maeve 
McMahon, a graduate student at the cen- 
tre. Ericson has become the darling of the 
crime scene in Canada, and for good rea- 
son. He's a good criminologist because he 
doesn't always take the side of the police. 
Among his books is Reproducing Order: 
A Study of Police Patrol Work, a text- 
book that's fun to read. 

Ericson and McMahon have also stud- 
ied CIRPA. The result is Policing Reform: 
A Study of the Reform Process and Po- 
lice Institution in Toronto. Their thesis is 
that CIRPA has changed from being an 
antagonistic opponent of the police to be- 
ing a supplicant, taking up the police 
discourse and being more concerned 
about its own welfare than it is about the 
victims of police abuse, who provide its 
bread and butter. They also claim that 
CIRPA has lost its credibility with visible 
minorities because it's dominated by 
white, middle-class men, including a dis- 
proportionate number of gay men. "Visi- 
ble minority group involvement is mini- 
mal, while the representation and in- 
volvement of gay community members is 
very high," they write. 

Now, it's true that CIRPA has changed 
in the past few years, but Ericson paints a 
picture of the organization being co- 
opted by the police because of personal 
failings on the part of its members. "Re- 
form groups rarely take the time to sys- 
tematically and self-critically address 
basic questions as to their reason for be- 
ing and the implications of their exis- 
tence," they say. But CIRPA and the po- 
lice institution don't exist in the world by 
themselves. It's interesting that Ericson 
and McMahon never talk about the de- 
gree to which organizations like CIRPA 
rely on the media. If you don't get your 
name in the paper and on the evening 
news, then you cease to be a going con- 
cern. Volunteers don't join and people 
stop giving money. Unlike the police in- 
stitution, CIRPA has to worry about pay- 



ing its phone bill. The media have a short 
attention span, and if CIRPA kept saying 
the same thing at police-commission 
meetings, assignment editors might get 
the impression that there's no news. That 
would be disastrous. 

Then there's the gay thing. "According 
to some young complainants from the 
Scarborough party (where police were 
videotaped by CITY-TV as they banged 
their batons over the heads of party- 
goers), the perception of CIRPA as a gay 
organization also dissuaded some of the 
other youths at the party from going to 
CIRPA," writes Ericson. Perhaps the 
people at the party who were beaten up 
by the police and didn't ask for CIRPA's 
help felt differently when those who did 
go to CIRPA got financial compensation. 

It's true that the number of gay men in- 
volved in CIRPA is disproportionately 
high, but then the number of complaints 
we lodge againt the cops is probably dis- 
proportionately high, too. And no politi- 
cal group has been able to replicate in its 
ranks the proportion of races that exists 
in the real world. Not feminist groups, 
not The Body Politic, not the Tory party. 
So why should CIRPA be singled out? 

Have Ericson and McMahon simply 
made mistakes? Or are they homophobic? 

• 
Ontario's Attorney-General Roy 
McMurtry — proving once again that 
he's the most reliable apologist Toronto 
cops will ever have — has suddenly be- 
come concerned about the quality of tele- 
vision coverage at the Grange royal com- 
mission, which is investigating what some 
say are the suspicious deaths of babies at 
the Hospital for Sick Children in Toron- 
to. The attorney-general says the cover- 
age has given "a dramatic wrong impres- 
sion" of what has taken place, having 
concentrated on the testimony of nurses 
rather than of doctors. He says the TV 
coverage has been "sensational" and 
"one-sided," and warns journalists that it 
was this kind of coverage that led to 
rioting in black sections of Miami. 

Now, you might say it's the A-G's job 
to speak out when there's been a miscar- 
riage of justice, which is what the Grange 
commission inquiry is. You might even 
forgive McMurtry for misrepresenting the 
Miami riots, for not knowing that it was 
poverty and police brutality that led to 
frustration and violence. After all, they 
don't teach class analysis at Upper 
Canada College. 

But it's the timing of McMurtry's cau- 
tion that reveals his real motive. He 
didn't open his mouth during the two 
weeks that Phyllis Trayner, a nurse, was 
being badgered by police lawyer Doug 
Hunt. Tried and convicted on coast-to- 
coast television. 

But you see, the commission is only 
now getting around to examining the 
police investigation of the deaths. In the 
next phase of the inquiry, we'll hear how 
the cops charged nurse Susan Nelles with 
four counts of murder, apparently on no 
other evidence than that she didn't cry 
when babies died, and that she asked for 
her lawyer to be present when she was 
questioned. And about how the cops 
tricked and cajoled nurses into implicat- 
ing their fellow nurses in the baby deaths. 

If you think the TV coverage has been 
sensational so far — stay tuned. The best 
is yet to come. □ 



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WINDSOR: 
AWARENESS IS A 
TRICKY THING 



"One of these days some lunatic's gonna 
come into the bar and shoot someone," 
worries Windsor activist Bob Christmas, 
echoing the fears of some of his friends at 
JP's, the local watering hole where he 
works part-time. He thinks the city's Gay 
Awareness Week was problematic 
because it got too much publicity. 

He and Jim Monk work on the gay 
radio show "Closets Are For Clothes," 
and the three of us were having coffee 
after finishing the June 3 edition of the 
show, which recapitulated some of the 
highlights of the week during which I was 
a guest on a panel discussing pornogra- 
phy. It's an age-old debate in our move- 
ment. The more we seem to gain the more 
we are seen to risk: is it really worth it to 
rock the boat? But for a city of 192,000, 
Windsor has a well-developed gay com- 
munity with fairly sophisticated leader- 
ship. This discussion has a somewhat dif- 
ferent significance in 1984 than it might 
have in 1974. 

Fifty years ago JP's was a working- 
class bar with a clientele whose sexuality 
was obvious only to those whose eyes 
were trained to see it. During the war, it 
was ro doubt populated by women get- 
ting their first crack at jobs and indepen- 
dence in this industrial town. But by 
1974, with the formation of the Windsor 
Homophile Association, a Windsorite 
just coming out didn't need nearly as 
many special skills to connect with others 
of his or her own kind. By March 17, 
1977 the group, which had changed its 
name to Windsor Gay Unity, persuaded 
their local council to make Windsor the 
third Canadian city to ban discrimination 
against its own gay employees. 

Until this year's gay-awareness project, 
one of the community's most public 
events was a province-wide conference 
called "Never Going Back!" organized 
by Gay Unity in 1979. Five years later 
there's plenty of evidence that they meant 
it, in spite of some close calls. In 1982, for 
instance, Gay Unity dissolved, but it was 
quickly replaced by the Lesbian /Gay 
Community Services Group (LGCSG), 
which this year produced Windsor's first 
Gay Awareness Week. 

Last November an organizing commit- 
tee, involving only a dozen people at the 
most, began planning the events to raise 
two different types of awareness: within 
the gay community and among straight 
people (including those who don't yet 
know or accept that they are gay). 

The committee worked effectively 
through the media. Since they couldn't 
afford to advertise on city buses, the 
group opted for free publicity. They sent 
spokesperson Jim Monk and past chair 
Barry Adam to ask city council to offici- 
ally declare the week — knowing they 
wouldn't get it but gambling that it would 
be worth it anyway. The gamble paid off. 
Council's denial of the proposal as 
"dangerous propaganda" that would 
promote the spread of AIDS, spurred on 
by denunciations from the president of 
the county medical society and a col- 
league, was picked up by all five local 
radio stations and was the lead item on 
local TV news two nights in a row. 
Adam, a sociology professor at the Uni- 
versity of Windsor, was in the news again 
when, on behalf of the group, he de- 



NETWORK 



manded that the Canadian Medical Asso- 
ciation take disiplinary action against the 
doctors. These incidents — and the 
events of the week itself — resulted in 
nine radio broadcasts (including a three- 
hour live phone-in show), three TV inter- 
views, four high-school speaking engage- 
ments and six articles in the Windsor 
Star. The Star also printed a profile of 
Monk that was carried by the Canadian 
Press news wire service. 

The Star profile brought at least one 
person out of the closet and to the events 
during Awareness Week. "If he could do 
it," said Bonny, an enthusiastic and 
charming woman in her early forties, 
"then so could I." 

It won't be as easy for her as it might 
be for a man. While gay men and lesbians 
have long socialized in the same places, 
JP's is as mixed as it is because the bar 
that used to cater mostly to men went 
bankrupt. And the movement's greatest 
weakness here has been its inability to 
keep women involved long enough that 
they might provide each other with the 
social incentive to stay involved. 

The city's quite a different place to 
come out in now than it was a decade 
ago, when Jim Monk did it. That was 
before he helped to launch LGCSG's 
predecessor. "You once had to really 
search for the community here," he 
recalls, "now you just have to look in the 
phone book." In that sense, coming out 
is easier now. But not everyone takes ad- 
vantage of Windsor's community. 
Detroit is just across the river — an inter- 
national border — and offers more gay 
bars than the Canadian city. Closeted 
Windsorites cross the river to socialize in 
safety. Canadians who socialize in their 
own country — at JP's — tend to be a 
pretty "out" bunch. And yes, there are 
factors that make it riskier to be out. 
Fears about publicity are based on real 
experiences, such as queer-bashing. 

But any bid for freedom requires tak- 
ing risks. "Just because the better 
organized and more visible we become, 
the greater our vulnerability to attack, 
doesn't mean we shouldn't get organized," 
says Monk. We'll never be available to 
those who need us most if we don't keep 
a high profile." And things like the 
United Church and AIDS keep homosex- 
uality in the headlines "whether we're 
saying anything or not." 

One small consolation — it was two 
years of fielding press inquiries that 
sharpened LGCSG's media skills and en- 
abled the group to make Awareness Week 
the success it was. Discussions were well- 
attended and of a high calibre. An 
Awareness Week panel on gay health con- 
cerns, which focussed mainly on AIDS, 
was the best-attended of the series, draw- 
ing a crowd of 50 people. The seminar 
also revealed some of the pressures and 
contradictions this community faces, 
sometimes, in the process, demonstrating 
exactly how necessary Awareness Week 
was. 

Unfortunately, Detroit's gay leader- 
ship is less sophisticated than LGCSG, or 
even than Dr Helena Jacyk of Windsor's 
STD clinic. Members of Detroit's AIDS 
support group, Wellness Network Incor- 
porated, tended to present a moralistic, 
anti-sex view of AIDS. It would be easier 
for the movement to raise community 
awareness if its attempts to do so were 
not so effectively undermined by some of 
its own members. But the nay-sayers are 
attracting attention and support from the 
gay community. For example, some 
Windsorites indicated they wouldn't at- 
tend the panel on AIDS because one parti- 



cipant would be a person with AIDS. If 
that's how we treat each other, wondered 
someone who went, how can we expect 
any better from straights? 

"It's more accurate to measure 
people's consciousness by their deeds 
than by words that may only represent 
what they think they should say," says 
Monk. His length of service gives him a 
long view. "Look at Bob Christmas, for 
example," he says. "He expresses the 
fear that Awareness Week got too much 
attention and yet he devotes a lot of time 
to broadcasting a gay radio show and go- 
ing to talk to kids in high-school classes. 
Which speaks louder, his words or his 
actions?" Chris Bearchelin 

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Into, newsletter, peer support, friendship 

Kelowna 

Okanagan Gay Organization Mutual support The group can be 
contacted directly by phone through the Kelowna Crisis Centre. 
(604) 763-8008. 

Port Alberni 

□ To contact the local group, write c/o Mr Trevor Kelly, 201-4204 
China Creek Rd. Port Alberni. BC V9Y 1R1 (604) 724-4914. 
Counselling, companionship 



Port Hardy 



1 North Island Gay and Lesbian Support and Information Group, 

Box 1404. Port Hardy. BC, VON 2P0. 



Prince Rupert 



Gay People of Prince Rupert Box 881 . V8J 3Y1 . 
(604) 624-4982 (eve). 

Revelstoke 

Lothlorien. Box 8557. Sub 1 , V0E 3G0 Info, friendship, 
hospitality 

Terrace 

Northern Lesbians RR2 Box 50, Usk Store, V8G3Z9 

Vancouver 

AIDS Vancouver, c/o 19th II, 355 Burrard St, V6C 2J3. Ph 
[604)687-AIDS 

I 'Alcoholics Anonymous (Gay). (604) 733-4590 (men). (604) 
929-2585 (women). 

Archives Collective. Box 3130. MPO. V6B 3X6 

Bisexual Women's Group Monthly meetings Call Joyce at 
251-6090 

Coming Out (Gay Radio) c/o Vancouver Cooperative Radio. 337 
Carrall St. V6B 2J4 Thursat? 30 pm. 102 7MHzFM 

Congregation Sha'ar Hayam Jewish gay synagogue. Box 
69406. V5K 4W6 (604) 255-1076 

Oaughters Unlimited. Joyce (604) 251-6090 (Plans to open a 
women's club.) 

Oignity/Vancouver Box30t6. V6B3X5 (604)684-7810. 



□ Oogwood Monarchist Society, 303-1150 Burnaby St. V6E 1P2 

□ English Bay Swim Club, c/o 4249 Birchwood Crescent. Burnaby 
V5H 4E6 Meets Thurs. 6 pm at Vancouver Acquatic Centre. Info. 
(604) 433-8000 (Ken) or 669-6696 (Roy) 

□ Frontrunners (running/jogging) Call Erik (604) 687-3238 or 
Rick (604) 590-4665 

□ Gay and Lesbian Caucus of the BC NOP (604) 669-5434 

□ The Gay Library, 1244 Seymour St, Box 2259 MPO, Vancouver. 
BC V6B 3W2 (604) 327-9883 or 688-1006 

Gay Fathers of Vancouver, Box 3785. V6B 3Z1 (604) 688-6590 

□ Gay Festival Society, Box 34397. Stn D. V6J 4P3 (604) 
687-7129. 

□ Gay Leisure Link (GLL). Box 4662. V6B 4A1 

□ Gay/Lesbian Law Association, c/o Law Students Assoc. Faculty 
of Law, U of BC, V6T 1W5 (604) 228-4638. 

□ Gay Rights Union, Box 3130. MPO. V6B 3X6. (604) 731-9605 

□ Gays and Lesbians of UBC. Box 9. Student Union Bldg. U of 
British Columbia. V6T 1W5 (604) 228-4638 Meets Thurs at 
12:30 pm (see The Ubyssey for room). 

□ Gazebo Connection (business & professional women's group). 
382-810 W Broadway. V5Z 4C9 (604) 984-8744. 

□ Greater Vancouver Business Association, c/o Owayne Sullivan, 
941 Davie St, V6Z 1B9 

□ Integrity: Gay Anglicans and their friends, Box 34161 . Stn D. 
V6J4N1 (604)873-2925. 

□ Knights of Malta, Dogwood Chapter Society, Box 336-810 West 
Broadway, V5Z 1J8. 

□ Lambda (Gay Al-Anon). Joe at (604) 689-7681 or Mike at 
327-8423. 

□ Legal Advice Clinic. 1244 Seymour St (VGCC) Mon, 7:30 pm 
Free advice and referrals 

□ Lesbian and Feminist Mothers' Political Action Group, Box 
65804. Stn F. V5N 5L3 (604) 251-6090 

□ Lesbian and Gay Health Sciences Association, c/o Gay People of 
UBC. Box 9. Student Union Bldg. UBC. V6T 1W5. 

□ Lesbian Drop-In, 322 W Hastings, every Wed, 7:30 pm. 
(604) 684-0523. 

□ Lesbian Information Line. (604) 734-1016 Thurs, Sun, 
7-10 pm. 

□ Lesbian Feminist Power and Trust Association. Consensual S/M 
support, education and action group Box 65868, Stn F, V5L 5L3 

□ Lesbian Mothers' Defense Fund, Box 65804, Stn F, V5N 5L3. 
(604) 255-6910. Potluck brunches last Sun of month 

□ The Lesbian Show. Co-op Radio. 337 Carrall St, V6B 2J4. 
102.7 MHz FM, Thurs. 8 30 pm. 

□ Metropolitan Community Church, Box 5178. V6B 4B2 (604) 
681-8525. Services Sun, 7:30 pm, at 1811 W 16th Ave (at 
Burrard) 

□ Native Cultural Society (gay native social group), c/o H 
McGillivary, 1244 RobsonSt. V6E 1C1. (604) 688-2645. 

□ Pacific Wave, TV show by gay people about gay life, culture and 
art. Regular monthly and special programmes 837 Bidwell St, 
V6G2J7. (604)689-5661. 

□ Parents and Friends ol Gays (604) 988-7786 

□ Rights of Lesbians , (Subcommittee of Federation of Women), 
Box 24687, Stn C.V5T4E6 

□ Rob Joyce Legal Defense Fund, c/o Gay Rights Union. 

□ SEARCH, c/o VGCC. Info and counselling: (604) 689-1039, 
7-10 pm. 

□ Sherwood Forest, non-profit gay introduction service 
(604) 251-2789. 

□ Vancouver Activists in S/M (VASM). call George 
(604) 594-3632 or Fred (604) 685-7067 An educational 
organization with a monthly newsletter. 

□ Vancouver VD Clinic, Rm 100, 828 W 10th Ave (near Gen Hosp) 
(604)874-2331, Ext 220. 

□ Vancouver Gay Athletic Association, c/o 1018 Burnaby St 
(604)681-2424. 

□ Vancouver Gay Community Centre. 1244 Seymour St, Box 2259, 
MPO, V6B 3W2 (604)684-6869 Services, programmes, mag- 
azine 

□ Vancouver Men's Chorus, 1270 Chestnut St. V6J 4R9. Rehear- 
sals every Wed, 7:30 pm, at the Vancouver Academy of Music. For 
information phone Kevin at (604) 731-1 779 or Larry at 734-8802 
□West End Softball Association. Box 161 , 1018 Homer St, 

V6B 4W9. Call Frank Hamper (604) 255-4410 

□West End Volleyball, 222-1500 Pendrell St. (604) 669-6696. 

: Women in Focus, 204-456 W Broadway, V5Y 1R3. 

(604) 872-2250 

□ Young Gay People, c/o SEARCH. 

□ Younger Lesbian Drop-In every Sat. 3-5 pm at 1349 Burrard. 

□ Zodiac Fraternal Society, Box 33872, Stn 0, V6J 4L6 

Vernon 

□ Vernon Alternative Lifestyle, RR6, Site 17, Comp19, V1T 6Y5 

Victoria 

□ Alcoholics Anonymous (Gay). (604) 383-9862 

□ Dignity Victoria. Box 845, Stn E, V8W2R9 (604)385-1559. 

□ Feminist Lesbian Action Group. Box 1604, Stn E, V8W 2X7. 

□ Gay and Lesbian Organization of the University of Victoria (GL0), 
SUB. Univof Victoria, Box 1700, V8W 2Y2. 

□ Gay Men's Group. 2612 Victor St, V8R 1N3. (604) 595-6782. 
The Island Gay Community Centre Society, 305 -576 Simcoe St. 

V8V 1L8. (604) 389-1964 or 381-7662 (answering service). Gay 
cafe at 1923 Fernwood every Thurs, 8-midnight 
1 1 Lesbians Across Canada Correspondence Association Contact 
lesbians for correspondence or meetings Inquiries to: S O'Reilly, 
Box 1674. Stn E. Victoria V8W2Y1 

I iNeed (Victoria Crisis Lino), (604) 383-6323. 24 hrs. Some gay 
info available. 
Womyn's Colfee House. 1923 Fernwood Every Wed evening 

West Kootenay region 

IWest Kootenay Gays and Lesbians, Box 642, Nelson V1L 4K5 
Offering friendship, a newsletter, info and social events Potluck 
third Sunday of month. 3-7 pm, contact Nelson Community Ser- 
vices Centre (604) 352-3504 (24 hrs) 



ALBERTA 

Provincial 

Alberta Lesbian and Gay Rights Association (ALGRA). Box 1852. 
Edmonton T5J 2P2. 



Calgary 



Camp 181 Association. Box 965, Stn T. T2H 2H4 Dances, 
campouts. sports and other activities for lesbians and gays 
( Calgary Lambda Centre Society. Box 357, Stn M, T2P 2H9 

Dignity/Calgary, Box 1492, Stn T, T2H 2H7. 



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DGay Leisure Link. Non-challenging, non-sexual social organiza- 
tion. Box 1812, Sin M, T2P 2L8. 

OGay Political Action Committee, c/o Box 2943, Stn M. T2P 3C3 
Education and lobbying. 

D Imperial Court of tho Chinook Arch, (403)282-6393 Entertain- 
ments and social events 

DLesbian Information Line, (403) 265-9458, Tues-Fri, 8-10 pm, 
with 24 hr answering service. Operated by Womyn's Collective 
GLesbian Mothers, Lynn at (403) 264-6328 or 275-8362, or call 
LIL. Potluck first Sun of each month. 
DLesbian Outreach and Support Team, Box 6093. Stn A, 
T2H 2L4. (403) 281-2895. 

Lesbians and Gays at University ol Calgary. Students Club, 
MacEwan Hall, U of Calgary, T2N 1N4. 

□ Metropolitan Community Church, 204-16 Ave, NW, T2M 0H4 
(403) 277-4004. Services Sun 11 30 am and 7 pm at above 
address 

□ New Horizons (physically disabled gays) c/o 1927 30th St SW, 
T3E 2L5. Or phone Gay Lines, (403) 234-8973. 

□Womyn's Collective, (403) 265-9458 Dances, library, lesbian 
drop-ins every Tues Sponsors LIL. 

Edmonton 

□ Dignity Edmonton Oignite. Box 53, T5B 2B7 (403) 469-4286 

□ Edmonton Roughnecks Recreation Association, c/o GATE Vol- 
leyball. Softball, gymnastics. 

□ Gay Alliance Toward Equality, Box 1852. T5J 2P2. Office: 
10173-104 St. (403) 424-8361. Info and counselling, Mon-Sat, 
7-10 pm, Sun 2-5 pm. Also coffeehouses, socials, newsletter, 
resource library 

□ Gay Fathers & Lesbian Mothers For info call (403) 424-8361 . 

□ Inter/Ed. Box12G, 9820-104 Si, T5K 0Z1. (403)421-7629 
(Jim). 

□ Metropolitan Community Church ol Edmonton. Box 1312, 
T5J 2M8 (403)438-5168. Sunday worship at 7:30 pm. 126 
Street - 110 Avenue. 

□ Privacy Defence Committee, c/o Box 1852, T5J 2P2. 

□ Royalist Social Society of Northern Alberta (Imperial-Court of the 
Wild Rose), 10820-38 Av NW, T6E 2E6. 

□ The Vocal Minority, "to educate the general population about 
the multiplicity and richness of our lives through public musical 
performances." (403) 426-1516 or 426-1246. 

□ Womonspace, a social and recreational group for lesbians, c/o 
Everywomon's Place, 9926-1 12 St. Phone Jeanne, (403) 
433-3559 or Liz, 986-0263 

Red Deer 

□ Gay Association ol Red Deer, Box 356, T4N 5E9. 



Let h bridge 



□ Dignity Lethbridge. Box 2262, T1J 4K7. Phoneline 
(403) 327-0109,7-9 pm. 



SASKATCHEWAN 

Provincial 

□ Affirm/Saskatchewan, lesbians and gays in the United Church 
422 Smallwood Cres, Saskatoon, S7L 4S4. 

□ Dignity/Saskatchewan (gay Catholics and friends), Box 3181 . 
Regina S4P 3G7 

□ Gay Rights Subcommittee. Saskatchewan Association lor 
Human Rights. 305-116 3rd Ave S. Saskatoon, S7K 1L5. 
(306) 244-1933. 

Prince Albert 

□ Prince Albert Gay Community Centre (The Zodiac Club). Box 
1893. S6V 6J9 1-24 10th St. E. (306)922-4650. Phone line Wed- 
Thurs, 8-10 pm, social evenings Fri-Sat. 10 pm-2 am 



Regina 



□ Rumours (gay community centre). 2069 Broad St (back en- 
trance). (306) 522-7343 

□ Regina Women's Community and Rape Crisis Centre 219-1810 
Smith St, S4P 2N3 (306) 522-2777. 352-7688. 

Saskatoon 

□ Gay* Lesbian Support Services. 217-116 3rd Ave S Operates 
Gayline Mailing address Box 8581. 

Gay/Lesbian Community Centre, Box 1662, S7K 3R8. Phone 
Gayline for info on dance and special event locations and dates. 

Gayline, (306) 665-9129. Mon-Thurs, 7:30-10:30 pm. Counsel- 
ling, support groups available 

Gays and Lesbians at the University ol Saskatchewan (GLUS) 
Box 482, Sub PO No 6. S7N 0W0 Open to staff and students of the 
Saskatoon campus, holds social and educational events. 

Lutherans Concerned. Box 8187, S7K 6C5 



MANITOBA 

Portage-la-Prairie 

BiWomen s Support Group, Box 820. R1N 3C3 
(204) 857-5295 For bisexual women 



Thompson 



Gay Friends of Thompson, Box 157, R8N 1N2 



Winnipeg 



Atlirm: Gays and Lesbians of the United Church 453-3984 
(Eric) or 452-2853 (Oave) 

Council on Homosexuality and Religion Box 1912. R3C 3R2 
(204) 452-1813. 786 3976 Worship, counselling, library 

Dignity/Winnipeg Box 1912, R3C 3R2 

Gay AA New Freedom Group Box 2481 . or contact through Man- 
itoba Central Office. (204) 233-3508 

Gay AlAnon Group Into Gays for Equality 

Gay Community Centre. 277 Sherbrooke St (204)786-1236 In 
corporating Giovanni' s Room , a cate lor lesbians and gay men 
Open every day except Sunday at 5 30 pm Fully licensed 

Gay Fathers Winnipeg Box 2221 R3C 3R5 786-3976 (Thurs 
eves. 7 30 pm-10pm) 

Gay Parents, c/o Gays lor Equality 

Gays for Equality. Box 27 UMSU. U ol Manitoba. R3T 2N2 
(204) 786-3976 Office Suite 2. Gay Community Centre 277 
Sherbrook Si Counselling, info, rap sessions, public education 
and law reform Lesbian counsellors on lues evenings 

Lesbian Line. (204) 786-3976. Tues evenings 

Ms Purdy's 226 Main Sf (204)942-8212 Lesbian bar 

Mutual Friendship Society Inc Box 427 R3C 2H6 
(204) 774-3576 Social and educational programmes Operates 
Happenings Social Club 272 Sherbrook St 



□ Oscar Wilde Memorial Society, Box 2221 . R3C 3R5 Variety of 
social, cultural and educational activities 

□ Project Lambda, Inc. Box 3911. Stn B. R2W 5H9 

(204) 772-1421. Lesbian/gay community service organization. 
Publishes "Out & About," gay community library, community 
fund-raising for medical, library, educational and counselling 
services 

□ Winnipeg Gay Media Collective. Box 27. UMSU. U of Manitoba. 
R3T 2N2. (204) 786-3976. Produces "Coming Out." weekly half- 
hour cable broadcast. 

□ Winnipeg Gay Youth, c/o GFE. 

□ University of Winnipeg Gay Students Association Info 
(204) 786-3976 

□ Yourself, Box 2790, R3C 3R5 For bisexual men and women 



ONTARIO 

Provincial 

□ Coalition for Gay Rights in Ontario. Box 822. Stn A. Toronto 
M5W1G3. (416)533-6824. 

Cornwall 

□ Gays and Lesbians in Cornwall. Box 21 1 , K6H 5S7. For more 
inlo, call the Gays of Ottawa Gayline. (613) 238-1 71 7 



Guelph 



□ Guelph Gay Equality, Box 773. N1H 6L8. Gayline: 
(519) 836-4550. 24 hrs. 

□ Gays Out ol Doors (GOOD). See Kitchener/Waterloo 

Hamilton 

□ Alcoholics Anonymous (Gay), meets Sat at 8 pm at 15 Queen St 
S (side entrance). 

□ Foundation lor the Advancement of Canadian Transsexuals 
(FACT Niagara). Box 291 , Stn A, L8N 3C8. (416) 529-7884 

□ Gay Archives/History Project for Hamilton-Wentworth (416) 
278-4713. Looking for photos, clippings, personal accounts of gay 
life and liberation in Hamilton, especially pre-1979. 

□ Gay Fathers of Hamilton. Support, advice. Meets twice a month 
Call Gayline for info. 

□ Gayline Hamilton, info on all groups and activities, peer counsel- 
ling. (416) 523-7055 Wed-Sun, 7-11 pm. 

□ Gay Women's Collective, c/o Gayline Meets 2nd Mon of month 

□ Hamilton United Gay Societies (HUGS), a meeting of men and 
women, young and old. with discussions and speakers. Meets on 
alternate Weds, Gay Community Centre. Suite 207. 41 King William 
St. 7:30 pm. Call Gayline for further into. 

□ Mailing address for all Hamilton groups listed above: Box 44, 
Stn B, L8L 7T5. 

Kenora 

□ The Lesbian Archives ol Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario, 

RR 2, P9N 3W8. (807) 548-4325 (Isabel Andrews). In Manitoba, 
contact Erin Cole, LAWR, Box 147, Winnipeg R2M 4A5. 
(204) 256-7740. 

Kingston 

□ Queen's Homophile Association. 51 Queen's Crescent, Queen's 
University, K.7L 2S7. (613) 547-5841 (24-hr recorded message, 
stalled Mon-Fri, 7-9 pm. Drop-in Thurs evenings, biweekly 
dances. 

Kitchener/Waterloo 

□ Gay Liberation of Waterloo, c/o Federation of Students, U of 
Waterloo. Waterloo N2L 3G1. (519) 884-GL0W. Coffeehouse every 
Wed at 8:30 pm. Campus Ctr, rm 110. 

□ Gay News and Views, radio programme, Tues, 6-8 pm, CKMS- 
FM, 94.5 MHz, 105.7 MHz on Grand River Cable. 200 University 
AveW. (519)886-CKMS 

□ Gays ol Wilfrid Laurier University, c/o WLUSU, Wilfred Laurier 
University, 75 University AveW, Waterloo. 

□ Gays Out of Doors (GOOD), Box 2751, Kitchener N2H 6N3 Out- 
door activities and social club (camping, skiing, canoeing, cycling, 
picnics, potluck suppers and parties). 

□ Half and Half Club. A non-profit social club that sponsors a bar 
and disco at 223 1/2 King St W (use Halls Lane entrance). 
(519) 749-9084. Mon-Sat, 8 pm-1 am. Cover Thurs-Sat. 

□ International Women's Day Committee. Box 1491, Stn C. Kit- 
chener. N2G 4P2. 

□ Kitchener-Waterloo Gay Media Collective. Box 2741 , Stn B, Kit- 
chener, N2H 6N3. (519)579-3325. 

□ Leaping Lesbians, radio programme, Thurs, 6 to 8 pm, CKMS- 
FM. 94.5 MHz. 105.7 MHz cable Write c/o LOOK. 

□ Lesbian Organization ol Kitchener. Box 2422, Stn B, Kitchener 
N2H 6M3. (519) 744-4863. Womyns coffeehouse first Thurs of 
month at 85 Highland Rd W, Kitchener. 

London 

□ Gay Youth London, c/o HALO Meets Thurs at 7 pm, 2nd floor, 
649 Colborne St (519)433-3762. 

□ Gayline, (519) 433-3551 Recorded message 24 hrs/day. Peer 
counselling Mon and Thurs, 7-10 pm 

Homophile Association of London, Ontario (HALO), 649 Colborne 
St, N6A 3Z2 (519) 433-3762 Colfee House: Sun and Mon, 
7-10 pm Disco/Bar. Fri and Sat, 9 pm-1 30 am 
I Metropolitan Community Church, Box 4724. Stn D. N5W 5L7 
Services Sun. 7:30 pm at Unitarian Church. 29 Victoria St W. north 
entrance to Gibbons Park Info Worship Coordinator. 
(519) 433-9939. Rides: (519) 432-9690 



Mississauga/Brampton 



GEM Gay Community Outreach Box 62. Brampton L6V 2K7 
Gayline West, (416) 453-GGCO Peer counselling 
Parents ol Gays Mississauga, c/o Anne Rutledge. 3323 Kings 
Mastings Cres, L5L 1G5 (416) 820-5130 

Niagara Region 

Gayline, (416) 354-3173 

Gay Unity Niagara Box 692. Niagara Falls L2E 6V5 
Gay Trails, lor lesbians and gay men who en|oy hiking Day and 
overnight trips planned Visitors welcome Box t053. MPO. St 
Catharines. L2R 7A3. or call (416) 685-6431 belore9 am 



North Bay 



Gay Fellowship ol North Bay Box 665, Callendar. ON POH 1 HO 
Meetings every Sunday lor gay men and lesbians lo share and 
discuss our problems and |oys as gay persons 

Ottawa 

Dlgmty/Ottawa/Dlgnlti Box 2102. Stn D. KIP 5W3 
Gay People at Carillon, c/o CUSA. Carlelon University For more 
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Gays ol Oltawa/Gais de I Outaouais Box 2919 Stn D. K1P5W9 
GO Centre. 175 Lisgar St open 7 30-10 30 pm Mon-Thurs Thurs 
lesbian drop-in. 8 pm; Fri: social, 7:30 pm-1 am; Sat; women's 
night. 7 30 pm-1 am; Sun AA Live & Let Live group. 8 pm Gay- 
line (613) 238-1717 Mon-Fn 7:30-10:30 pm. recording other 
limes Office (613)233-0152. 

i Gay Youth Ottawa/Hull/Jeunesse Gai(e) d Ottawa/Hull For into 
call or write Gays ot Ottawa Meeting/drop-in. Wed 8 pm. 
175 Lisgar St. 

: '. Integrity/Ottawa, (gay Anglicans and their triends) c/oSt 
George s Anglican Church. 152 Metcalte St, K2P 1N9. 
(613) 235-2516.9-5. Mon-Fn. Meets 2nd and 4th Weds at 
7:30 pm. at St George's. 

Lesbiennes el gais du campus/Lesbians and Gays on Campus, 
c/o SFU0, 85 rue Hastey Street. K1N 6N5. 
GLive and Let Live Group for gay alcoholics. Contact GO. 
Q Metropolitan Community Church. Box 2979, Stn 0, K1P 5W9 
(613)232-0241 
G Parents of Gays, Box 9094, K1G 3T8. 



Peterborough 



Gays and Lesbians at Trent and Peterborough 262 Rubidge St, 
K9J 3P2 Oflice hours: 7:30-10 pm, Tues-Thurs. 



Sudbury 



DSudbury All Gay Alliance. Box 1092. Stn B. Sudbury, ON 
P3E 4S6. 



Thunder Bay 



DGays ol Thunder Bay. Box 2155, P7B 5E8. (807) 345-8011 . Wed 

and Fri 7:30-9:30 pm. Recording other times. Meets 1st and 3rd 

Tues. Dances held monthly. 

i Northern Women's Centre, 316 Bay St, P7B 1S1 

(807) 345-7802 

Toronto 

For intormafion on groups in Toronto, check Out in The City, p 24. 

Windsor 

AA Acceptance Group — Gay/Lesbian Fellowship, Box 7002. 
Sandwich Postal Stn. N9C 3Y6. (519)973-4951. 
GGay/Lesbian Information Line. Box 7002. Sandwich Postal Stn, 
N9C 3YC. (519)973-4951. 

G Lesbian and Gay Students on Campus, c/o Students' Activities 
Council, U of Windsor. (519)973-4951 Rap sessions weekly. 
riLesbian/Gay Youth Group, c/o Box 7002, Sandwich Postal Sin. 
N9C 3Y6 (519)973-4951, 



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Brome 

GThe Capables. Support group for bisexual men. Contact through 
Gay Info in Montreal. 

Charlevoix 

DAssociation pour les droits des gais de Charlevoix. CP 724. Cler- 
mont. GOT 1C0 (418)439-2080. 

Hull 

Association gaie de louest quebecois CP1215. succ B. 
J8X 3X7 (819) 778-1737. 

Lennoxville 

Students Against Homophobia. Box 1594, Lennoxville Campus. 
Lennoxville, J1M 2A1, 

Montreal 

DAtfirmer, CP471, succ La Cite. H2N 2N9 Gays in the United 

Church 

GAidoaux transsexuals du Quebec. CP363. succC. H2J 4K3. 

(514)521-9302 

DAIme-toi (AA), 6518. rue St Vallier. H2S 2P7. (514) 524-5821. 

For gay and lesbian alcoholics. 

DAIternatives.3440chemindelaC6te-djes-Neiges, H2J 1L2, For 

gay male drug abusers 

Les Archives gaies du Quebec, c/o Sortie. Box 232. Stn C. 
H2L 4K1 

Association communautalre homosexuelle de I'Unlvorstte de 
Montreal, pavilion Lionel-Groulx. 3200 Jean-Brillant. local 1267. 
H3T 1N8 (514) 342-9236 (Jean-Pierre). 
n Association pour les droits des gals et lesbiennes du Quebec 
(ADGLQ). CP 36. succ C, H2L 4J7. Office: 263 est rue Ste- 
Catherine. (514) 843-8671 . Mon-Fri, 7-10 pm. 

Association des bonnes gens sourdes, CP 764. succ R. 
H2J 3M4 

Atelier de theatre gai, Cegep Rosemont. 6400 16e Ave, local 
A-418 (Michel Breton). 

The Capables. c/o Gay Into, support group for bisexual men. 
Meets second Weds ol month, 3237, rue Bt-Antoine. 

Collectil d'lnterventlon communautalre. aupres des gals 
(CICAG). CP29, succ Victoria. H3Z 2V4, (514) 484-2602 

Le Collectil du triangle rose, c/o Librairie I'Androgyne 
GComile gal-e du Cegep du Vleux-Montreal. 255 est. Ontario, 
H2X 3M8 Mon. 6 pm 

Communaute homophile chretienne Centre Newman. 3484 rue 
Peel. H3A 1W8 (514)382-8467 For Catholics 

Contact-t-nous (514)861-6753. Venereal disease treatment 
ncdte a Cote, gay couples group c/o Gay Info 
riCdte a Cote. Radio centre-ville CINQ (102.3 FM) (514) 
288-1601 Mon. 4 pm. 

Dignity Montreal Oignite, Newman Centre. 3484 Peel St. 
H3A 1W8 (514)392-6711 For gay catholics and friends. Monday 
7 30 pm 

Eglise Communautalre de Montreal, Montreal Community 
Church. CP 610. succ NOG. H4A 3R1 (514) 489-7845. 
! Federation canadlenne des transsexuels pour le Quebec, 16 rue 
Viau,VaudreuilJ7V 1A7 

1 Femmes gales de McGill. 3480. rue McTavish, H3A 1X9 (514) 
392-8920 

Gai-ecoute(hommes). (514)843-5652 Wed-Sat. 7-11 pm 

Gay Fathers ol Montreal, c/o Gay Info 

Gay Hearth Clinic Montreal Youth Clinic/Clmique des Jeunes de 
Montreal, 3465 Peel Street. H3A 1X1. (514)842-8576 General 
practice. Mon-Fn. 9-5 pm. open until 8 pm Mon & Fri only Closed 
daily 12 30-1 30 pm 

Gay Info. CP1164. succH. H3G 2N1 (514)933-2395, Thurs- 
Sat 7-10 30 pm Recorded message other times Counselling and 
information 

Gay Physicians ol Montreal/Les medecins gai(e|s de Montreal 
a/s 2151 rue Lincoln N'20. H2H1J2 



Gay and Lesbian Social Services. 5 rue Weredale Pk, Westmount 
H3Z1Y5 (514)937-9581. 

'Gayline. c/o Gay Social Services Project. 5 rue Weredale Pk. 
Westmount. H3Z 1Y5 (514) 931-5330 (women), Thurs and Sat. 
7-11 pm; 931-8668 (men). 7daysaweek, 7-11 pm. Info and coun- 
selling in English 

Gays and Lesbians at McGill, 3480 rue McTavish. local 411 . 
H3A 1X9 (514) 392-8912. 

GLeGoeland(AA). 4652 rue Jeanne-Mance (514)728-3228 For 
lesbian and gay alcoholics 

Groupe de discussion pour lesbiennes. 5 Weredale Park. 
H3Z 1Y5. (514)932-9581 (Joanne Stitt) 

Groupe pour lesbiennes alcooliques (AA), 6517 rue St-Denis. 

Integrity Gay Anglicans and their friends. Box 562, Verdun 
H4G 3E4 (514) 766-9623. 

DJeunesse Lambda Youth, c/o The Yellow Door. 3625 rue Aylmer. 
2nd floor, H2X 2C3. 

Lesbian and Gay Friends of Concordia, c/o CUSA. Concordia 
University. 1455 boul de Maisonneuve ouest. H3G 1M8 
(514) 879-8406 Office: room 307. 2070 MacKay. open 1-4 pm 
weekdays Meetings Thurs at 4 pm in room H-333-6. 

Lesbiennes a I ecoute (514)843-5661 CP36. SuccC, 
H2L 4J7. Wed-Sat, 7-11 pm. 

Librairie I'Androgyne. 3642 boul St Laurent. 2nd floor. 
H2X 2V4 (514) 842-4765. 

□ Ligue Lambda Inc. CP701. succN, H2X 2N2. (514) 526-1967 
(Claude) or 523-8026 (Donald). Sports group 
DLive and Let Live, Alcoholics Anonymous group for gay men and 
women Tuesdays, 7:30 pm, Rm 210, 5 Weredale Park. 

Naches (gay and lesbian Jews), CP 298 succH, H3G ?K8 
(514) 844-0863 or 488-0849. Meets at the Yellow Door. 3625 
Aylmer St. Tues at 8 pm 

Parallels Lesbiennes et Gais, radio programme. Mon 19h30. 
CIBL-mf. 104,5. 1691 Pie IX, local 402. H1V 2C3. (514) 526-1489. 
526-5387. 

GParents and Families of Gays, c/o Gay Info 
GProductions88, CP188, succC. H2L 4K1. 
G Reunion des associations gales et lesbiennes a Montreal 
(RAGLAM), Box 936, Stn H. H3G SM9 
GServices communautaires pour lesbiennes et gais du Centre des 
services sociaux Ville-Marie. 5 Weredale Park. Westmount. 
H3Z 1Y5. (514) 937-9581 (Joanne Stitt). 
GService Jeunesse, for those 25 and under, meets every Satur- 
day. 8-10 pmat 263 est. rueSte- Catherine 
GTravesties a Montreal, support lor transvestites c/o Gay Info 
GUnited Church Gays and Lesbians in Ouebec/Les Gais et Les- 
biennes de I ' Eglise Unie au Quebec, c/o United Theological Col- 
lege, 3521 University St, H3A 2A9. (514) 392-6711. 
GVivre Gai(e) (AA), St Jean Anglican Church. 110, est Ste Cather- 
ine. H2X 1Z6. (514) 733-0757. 

Quebec 

Centre homophile d'aideet deliberation, 175 Prince-Edouard, 
G1R4M8. (418) 523-4997. 

QGroupe gai del'Universite Laval, CP2500. Pavilion Lemieux, 
Cite universitaire. Ste-Foy, G1K 7P4. 
GLigue Mardi-Gai. (418) 529-6973 (Jean Claude Roy) 

Sherbrooke 

GL' Association pour I'epanouissement de la communaute gaie de 
I'Estrie. CP294.J1H 5J1 

NEW BRUNSWICK 
Fredericton 

Fredencton Lesbians and Gays. Box 1556. Stn A. E3B 5G2 
(506) 457-2156. Meets 2nd Wed of month. 

Moncton 

GGals et Lesbiennes de Moncton. CP 7102, Riverview. Nouveau 
Brunswick. 

Saint John 

Lesbian and Gay Organization - Saint John (LAG0-SJ), Box 
6494,StnA.SUohn.E2L4R9. 

Western NB 

GNorthern Lambda Nord, Box 990, Caribou. Maine 04736 USA 
Serving Western NB and Northern Maine (Madawaska/Victoria/ 
Carlton, NB; Temiscouata, Quebec; and Aroostook, Maine). Gay 
phoneline: (207) 896-5888 

NOVA SCOTIA 

Halifax 

GGay Alliance for Equality Inc. Box 3611. Halifax South Postal Stn. 
B3J 3K6 (902)429-4294 

GGayline. (902) 423-1389. Box 361 1 . Halifax South Postal Stn, 
B3J 3K6 Thurs- Sat, 7-10 pm. Into, referrals and peer coun- 
selling 

GLesblan Drop-In. 2nd and 4th Fri ol month, 1225 Barrington St 
Info: 429-4063. Music and conversation. 
G Live and Let Live Group , for gay alcoholics Phone or write GAE . 

Rumours (gay community centre) 1586 Granville St. (902) 
423-6814 Write: Box 3611 . Halifax South Postal Sin. B3J 3K6 

Sparrow (gay and lesbian Christians and Iriends), c/o Box 
3611, South Stn, B3J 3K6 Meets Sun at 8 pm (902) 425-6967 

NEWFOUNDLAND 

Provincial 

GGay Association in Newfoundland. Box 1364. Sin C. St John's, 
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City council seats in Sydney; rights protection in New South Wales 

Celebrating victories in Australia 



Three openly gay men were elected 
to Sydney's city council April 17, 
and the New South Wales state 
government finally moved on May 
22 to decriminalize gay sex be- 
tween consenting adults. 

Craig Johnston of the Australian La- 
bour Party won a solid victory in 
Sydney's Macquarie Ward. He has been 
associated with the reform group of the 
Labour Party and his election demon- 
strated the swing against the party's aging 
right-wing machine. 

Brian McGahen's independent cam- 
paign was based on his support in the gay 
community, but he managed to win the 
backing of important non-gay resident 
groups. "The great achievement was that 
my campaign was conducted by gay activ- 
ists, and was conceived, designed and 
funded entirely from within the gay com- 
munity," he said. "Contrary to fears that 
were expressed earlier, we were able to 
develop links and alliances with a broad 
selection of other groups in our area, so 
ours became a local-resident as well as a 
gay-community campaign." 

A second independent, Bill Hunt, run- 
ning in the Alexandria Ward, did not base 
his campaign entirely on gay issues. He 
has, however, been an active member of 
the Gay Rights Lobby and discussed gay 
rights whenever the issue arose. He was 
open about being gay whenever asked. 

"We should be careful not to think that 
changes can be made too quickly," said 
Johnston after the victory. "The elec- 
tions of three openly gay people to City 
Council is really only a small step toward 
liberation." 

In state politics, the long-awaited re- 
form of the New South Wales Criminal 
Code finally took place May 22, but not 
before an amendment, which outraged 
gay activists already cool to the bill's age- 
of-consent provisions, was added to the 
legislation. Before May 22, New South 
Wales was one of the few places on earth 
where it was illegal to discriminate against 
lesbians and gay men, but it was also il- 
legal for gay people to have sex. 

The reform, introduced as a private 
member's bill by Premier Neville Wran, 
decriminalized gay sex for those over the 
age of 18. Heterosex is legal at 16 years 
of age. 

A last-minute amendment introduced 
by conservative parliamentarians called 
for a two-year prison sentence for "any 
person who advises, solicits, incites, pro- 
cures, counsels, encourages or persuades 
or attempts to procure or persuade a male 
under the age of 18 years to have homo- 
sexual intercourse." 

The Premier himself commented that 
such an amendment could be used against 
teachers, social workers and counsellors 
who merely offered advice. Although the 
final draft deleted the word "counsel," 
the rest of the amendment was passed in- 
to law with the bill. 

A similar bill that would decriminalize 
gay sex in West Australia is presently run- 
ning into rough water in Labour Party 
caucuses over the issue of age of consent. 
This bill also sets 18 years as the age of 
consent and has been criticized as "faint- 
hearted and gutless" by those who wish 
to see the principle of equality upheld . 

In another victory in the neighbouring 




Free speech in Melbourne: Alison Thome, 
left, with friends outside magistrates' court 

state of Victoria, charges against nine gay 
men of the Pedophile Support Group of 
conspiring to corrupt public morals were 
dismissed by a judge May 10. 

A police spy had infiltrated the group 
and taped conversations at group meet- 
ings, but the court ruled that individuals 
talking about each others' sexual orienta- 
tion over cups of tea was not a crime. 

The magistrate's decision was a victory 
for free speech. It also made a mockery 
of the decision by the State of Victoria's 
Education Minister to transfer technical- 
school teacher Alison Thorne to a non- 
teaching position after she spoke out in 
defence of the men when they were ar- 
rested in November, 1983. D 

Five groups condemn 
huge police sweeps 

MEXICO CITY — Five Mexican lesbian 
and gay groups issued a press bulletin 
late in March denouncing massive police 
sweeps that have resulted in the arrests 
of hundreds of gay men in Mexico City 
this spring. 

The largest sweep took place late in 
the evening of March 10. More than 50 
patrol cars and 10 busloads of police 
officers swooped down on the Zona 
Rosa and the Colonia Roma districts, ar- 
resting more than one thousand people, 
most of them youths, prostitutes and 
gay people. Press reports referred to 
those arrested as "sluts, lowlife, drug 
addicts, muggers, homosexuals and 
drunks." Police justified their raid as 
protecting the public from delinquency 
and as part of the presidential campaign 
for moral reform. Street crime has in- 
creased as more and more Mexicans are 
driven into abject poverty by the coun- 
try's serious economic crisis. 

The gay groups charged that "the 
roundups have created in many localities 
a virtual state of siege or curfew because 
the police... detain without any legal 
justification any individual they find in 
the street." 

The groups will try to collect 41,000 
signatures on a petition to be presented 
to President Miguel de la Madrid on In- 
ternational Human Rights Day, denoun- 
cing anti-gay police repression. The 
country's sixth annual Lesbian and Gay 



Pride Day march will take place in Mex- 
ico City on June 30 and an act of pil- 
grimage to the Basilica of Guadalupe is 
being planned by gay Christian groups 
to protest the negative attitude of the 
Catholic Church hierarchy. □ 

Yugoslavs hold first 
East Bloc conference 

LJUBLJANA —The first gay festival in 
an East Bloc country took place in this 
Yugoslav state capital April 22 to 25 and 
attracted lesbians and gay men, young 
Yugoslavs into punk and new wave, 
curious straights and a handful of jour- 
nalists from both Eastern and Western 
Europe. 

Held in the city's Student Cultural 
Centre, the conference was organized by 
two gay men, Bogdan Lesnik, the Cen- 
tre's secretary, and Aldo Lvacis. Enti- 
tled "Homosexuality and Culture," the 
event featured displays of books, maga- 



zines and gay papers from around the 
world, a disco night, and a film and 
video series including such titles as The 
Naked Civil Servant, Cruising, Taxi 
Zum Klo and the new British work 
Framed Youth (recently seized by the 
Ontario censor board after a showing in 
Toronto). 

Ljubljana is the capital of the state of 
Slovenia, which, along with Croatia, de- 
criminalized homosexuality in 1977. Gay 
sex remains prohibited in Serbia. Ironi- 
cally, Ljubljana is a city well known for 
its tolerance but it has no purely gay 
clubs, and the city's only sauna has been 
closed down by police. Belgrade, the 
federal capital, has a far more developed 
network of gay clubs and cruising areas. 

The Ljubljana festival reveals a new 
interest in gay liberation, which seems to 
be spreading across the Yugoslav federa- 
tion. As the festival closed, a gay film 
festival was opening, and the Croatian 
capital of Zagreb is the first city in the 
Eastern Bloc to boast a regular gay radio 
programme. □ 



US seeks deportation of "faggots" 



HOLLYWOOD — The US Immigration 
and Naturalization Service (INS) seems 
determined to deport Tony Sullivan, an 
Australian citizen, despite his 12-year 
relationship with an American man. In a 
second case, the US Supreme Court has 
refused to overturn a federal law prohib- 
iting homosexuals from becoming US 
citizens. 

Sullivan met Richard Adams in Los 
Angeles in 197 1 and they have been liv- 
ing together in California since April 
1972. The two were legally married in 
Boulder, Colorado in 1974 and Sullivan 
applied for resident-alien status in the 
US in 1975. Their marriage was subse- 
quently ruled invalid by the Colorado 
attorney-general, and the INS notified 
the couple, "You have failed to establish 



that a bona-fide marital relationship can 
exist between faggots." After protest, 
the notice was reissued without the word 
"faggots." 

In 1980, Sullivan asked for suspension 
of his deportation order on the grounds 
that his expulsion after an eight-year 
relationship with Adams would consti- 
tute "extreme hardship." On April 20 of 
this year, however, the Department of 
Justice's Board of Immigration Appeals 
ruled, "We do not find that the respon- 
dent's separation from his 'life partner' 
will cause him hardship, emotional or 
otherwise, sufficient to rise to the level 
of extreme hardship contemplated under 
the act." 

The couple have filed an appeal that 
will stay the deportation for several 



Not wanted: Tony Sullivan (right) faces depor- 
tation from the US despite 12-year rela- 
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months pending a decision. When asked 
what he and Sullivan would do if the ap- 
peal court ruled against them, Adams 
said, "I don't know. But we'll be togeth- 
er, I know that." 

In the second case, the US Supreme 
Court refused to hear an appeal of a 
Texas Federal Court decision which 
denied citizenship to Richard Longstaff , 
a Dallas businessman who emigrated 
from Britain 19 years ago. Although the 
Texas court agreed that Longstaff was of 
"good moral character," it denied him 
citizenship on the grounds that, as a 
homosexual, he has a "psychopathic 
personality." As a result of the Supreme 
Court decision, deportation proceedings 
will begin, according to the Dallas direc- 
tor of the INS. Longstaff is preparing to 
extend his legal battle once again. □ 

Lesbians win rights 
in restaurant fight 

LOS ANGELES —Two lesbian lovers, 
Zandra Rolon and Deborah Johnson, 
have won a landmark decision against 
Papa Choux, an elegant downtown res- 
taurant that denied the couple a booth 
they had reserved for a romantic dinner 
in January 1983. 

In a unanimous decision, three jus- 
tices of the California Court of Appeals 
overturned an earlier decision blocking 
an injunction against the restaurant's 
discriminatory practices. The judges up- 
held the Los Angeles non-discrimination 
code, which makes specific reference to 
sexual orientation. The restaurant plans 
to appeal. 

The women's attorney, Gloria Allred, 
said she was "ecstatic" with the deci- 
sion. "It means that two men together 
or two women together cannot be denied 
equal accommodation, services or privi- 
leges in California based on sexual pref- 
erence. The decision applies not only to 
restaurants but to theatres, stores, and 
all business establishments." 

"This case is about human dignity," 
Allred concluded. "It will be known as a 
landmark, establishing as California law 
that gay people do not have to ride in the 
back of the bus or sit at the back of the 
restaurant any more."D 

Spanish groups meet; 
protest Military Code 

VITORIA — Representatives from gay- 
liberation organizations across Spain met 
here April 19 to 22 to debate strategies for 
the future of the national coalition 
COFLHEE (Coordinadora de los Frentes 
de Liberaci6n Homosexual del Estado 
Espaftol). 

A principal issue was the wave of anti- 
gay repression now sweeping the Spanish 
armed forces. 

The strategy debate centred on the 
positions of the Catalan Gay Liberation 
Front (FAGC) — which, like most Span- 
ish organizations, has a long association 
with the left — and the positions of the 
more centrist newly formed group from 
Madrid, AGAMA. 

The FAGC position is that there are no 
real homosexuals. Gay identity has been 
created to isolate homosexuality and con- 
fine it to the ghetto. True sexual libera- 
tion is a matter of the revolutionary trans- 
formation of society, together with other 
social movements such as feminism, eco- 
logy, pacifism, worker's struggles and 
others, thereby freeing the homosexual 
potential in everyone. 

On the other hand, AGAMA's politics 
focus on the most pressing concerns of 



the gay community. 

Although the two strategies reveal 
political differences, the debate was 
friendly and the conference reaffirmed its 
traditional left orientation. Nor did the 
differences inhibit unity on the issue of 
repression within the Spanish military. 
The entire conference took to the streets 
of this normally restrained and conser- 
vative provincial capital to demand the 
abolition of anti-gay provisions in the 
Spanish Military Code. 

Although gay sex is not illegal in Spain, 
the Military Code can punish those in the 
armed forces with up to four years in 
prison for the "practice of 'dishonest' 
acts with a person of the same sex." Such 
activity supposedly brings military 
honour into disrepute. 

The issue was brought to public atten- 
tion March 1 when Antonio Mejias, a 
young navy volunteer who had consensu- 
al sex with another sailor, was sentenced 
to four years in prison. Mejias's former 
lover was given only a six-month sen- 
tence, since he had since impregnated a 
woman and was planning to get married. 
Both men had already served several 
months in prison while awaiting trial, and 
Mejias was savagely gang-raped when he 
returned to finish his sentence. 

Although concrete statistics are not 
available, it appears that as many as two 
dozen men and women are tried in Span- 
ish military courts every year for same-sex 
love. In an editorial in the April issue of 
its magazine Madrid Gai, AGAMA 
charged that military provisions con- 
travene the Spanish constitution. The 
central government, however, has so far 
failed to take up the issue. Rumours are 
circulating that planned reforms of the 
military code, upcoming this year, may 
actually stiffen the penalties for consent- 
ing homosexual activity within the 
forces. □ 

Greek paper faces 
new round of charges 

ATHENS —The Greek government has 
once again moved to silence the Greek 
gay magazine Kraximo. A third round of 
charges will be heard June 25. 

The small libertarian-socialist tabloid, 
published on pink paper by Paola, a 
well-known Athens transvestite, success- 
fully defended itself against indecency 
charges laid in September 1982, but was 
found guilty on December 1, 1983 of a 
second charge concerning a drawing of 
two naked men after Paola refused to 
summon defence witnesses. The most re- 
cent charges, laid in April, concern the 
same drawing, and cite other "immoral" 
passages in the same issue. As well, 
Paola is charged with "insulting 
authority." 

The law on insults to authority was in- 
stated by the military dictatorship and 
was to have been replaced by another 
law, which states that the "criticism of a 
person possessing a public position how- 
ever high cannot be considered an insult 
against authority." 

In the offending paragraph, Paola 
criticized the prosecutor in the second 
round of charges. "Three months after 
the circulation of the third issue, the 
well-known supporter of 'morality,' Mr 
Theophanopoulos, decided to prosecute 
it with the renowned Metaxic law about 
indecency, which mangles the spontan- 
eity and authenticity of human desire. Of 
course there was nothing in Kraximo to 
warrant this criminal prosecution." If 
Paola is found guilty, this paragraph 
could earn him a three-year prison 
sentence. 

The new charges came at a time of in- 



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creasing police violence against Athens 
gays and transvestites, including raids 
and arbitrary arrests. 

Kraximo is asking that letters of protest 
be sent to Minister of Justice A Magakis, 
Ministry of Justice, Socratous and 
Zinonos 2, Athens, Greece with copies 
and, if possible, donations to help in the 
fight to Kraximo, c/o Magazine AMPHI, 
6A Zalloggou St, Athens 142, Greece. □ 

Anti-pom bill passes; 
bookstores fight back 

INDIANAPOLIS — A bill outlawing 
pornography as a form of sex discrimin- 
ation has been signed by Mayor William 
Hudnut, making Indianapolis the first 
US city to adopt such a law. 

The ordinance is modelled on one 
written for the city of Minneapolis by 
feminists Catharine MacKinnon and 
Andrea Dworkin, which was vetoed 
earlier this year. It supposedly protects 
women from "discriminatory practices 
of sexual subordination or inequality" 
and states that pornography has the "ef- 
fect (of) denying women equal oppor- 
tunity in society." Pornography is de- 
fined as "the sexually explicit subordina- 
tion of women graphically depicted whe- 
ther in pictures or in words" and includ- 
ing pain, humiliation, pleasure in being 
raped, penetration by objects or ani- 
mals or scenes of degradation in a sexual 
context. Complainants are given cause 
for civil action through the Office for 
Equal Opportunity against "perpetra- 
tors, makers, distributors, sellers and ex- 
hibitors" under sections covering "traf- 
ficking of pornography," "coercion into 
pornographic performance," and "as- 
sault or physical attack due to pornogra- 
phy." The statute calls for establishment 
of an "equal opportunity advisory 
board" to review complaints before they 
are brought before the courts. 

The amendment was introduced to the 
Indianapolis /Marion County Council by 
conservative Republican councilwoman 
Beulah Coughenour. Coughenour is op- 
posed to the Equal Rights Amendment 
and to legalized abortion, and has called 
civil-rights protection for gays and les- 
bians "artificial" and "irrelevant." She 
and Charlee Hoyt, the liberal feminist 
sponsor of the Minneapolis bill, both 
claim to share common ground on the 
issue of pornography. 

The day after the ordinance became 
law, several bookstores, one with a large 
gay clientele, were raided and the owners 
and managers charged under Indiana 
obscenity laws. 

The new law has already been chal- 
lenged as unconstitutional by an associa- 
tion of publishers, distributors and 
sellers of books and magazines. 

A special task force set up in Minnea- 
polis after its ordinance was vetoad fin- 
ished work on May 8. It is unlikely that 
the question will be revived, as the task 
force found the proposed amendment 
"not actionable. "□ 

Reagan's special bill 
to battle kiddie pom 

WASHINGTON — US President 
Ronald Reagan recently signed a special 
bill on the "Sexual Exploitation of Chil- 
dren" that will increase fines for traf- 
ficking in pornography featuring chil- 
dren, raise the age of persons considered 
children from 16 to 18, and increase the 
powers of the Department of Justice to 
investigate and prosecute recipients of 
kiddie porn. 



Bill HR3635 authorizes more wiretap- 
ping, removes obscenity requirements 
for confiscation of mail by US Customs 
and eliminates requirements that only 
material intended for commercial pur- 
poses can be seized. 

The bill also paves the way for expan- 
sion of a project set up by Customs in 
New York City, Chicago and Denver to 
intercept shipments of child pornogra- 
phy originating in Scandinavia. Customs 
has compiled a list of 6,000 "potential 
recipients" of pornography in the three 
test cities. Jim Mahan, public-affairs 
spokesperson for Customs in Washing- 
ton DC, told The Weekly News that 
Customs was only stopping "suspicious- 
looking mail addressed to people (they) 
know to be child molesters, or to those 
suspected of dealing in child pornogra- 
phy." He said Customs was concerned 
with stopping shipments to "known 
pedophiles,' ' but said they would not 
"necessarily" confiscate mail addressed 
to members of the North American 
Man /Boy Love Association. 

Reagan signed the bill at the end of a 
two-day conference on pornography 
sponsored by the justice department and 
attended by US attorneys (the equivalent 
of Crown attorneys), post-office work- 
ers, local law-enforcement officers and 
FBI members. The only Canadian 
attending was David Scott, of the Toron- 
to-based Action Group on Media Por- 
nography. Scott chaired a symposium in 
Toronto in February (see TBP, March) 
on "Media Violence and Pornography," 
which was dominated by 20 US ' 'experts," 
including the Surgeon General and a 
representative of the FBI, all claiming to 
prove links between porn and violent 
behaviour. 

In addition to the special bill, Reagan 
also announced that a commission is be- 
ing established by US Attorney-General 
William French Smith to "study the 
dimensions of the problem." The Nixon 
administration established a similar 
commission in 1970, which concluded 
that there was no link between violence 
and pornography. Reagan and David 
Scott have both stated that they believe 
the issue needs to be re-examined. □ 

US Methodists vote 
to ban gay ministers 

BALTIMORE — The national confer- 
ence of the United Methodist Church 
has voted not to allow the ordination of 
gay and lesbian candidates for the minis- 
try. The one thousand delegates voted 
568 to 404 to adopt a statement that 
read, in part, that the "practice" of 
homosexuality is "incompatible with 
Christian teaching." 

The debate over ordination for gay 
people began in 1972 when Rev Gene 
Leggett of Dallas came out and was sub- 
sequently ousted from the ministry by 
the church. Since that time, Rev Julian 
Rush of Denver and Rev Paul Abels of 
New York City revealed that they were 
gay, but they were allowed to remain in 
the pulpit. 

Conference delegates had originally 
voted 4% to 474 against the explicit ban 
on gay clergy, asking that the Book of 
Discipline call for "fidelity in marriage 
and celibacy in singleness." Liberals 
referred to the compromise as the 
"seven last words" — the phrase that 
refers to Christ's last words on the cross. 
The Judicial Council ruled that "fidelity 
in marriage and celibacy in singleness" 
would not necessarily prevent gay men 
and lesbians who were willing to remain 
celibate from being ordained; the dele- 
gates then adopted the original ban in a 






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second vote. The constitutionality of the 
statement in the Book of Discipline has 
been called into question, so the ques- 
tion is not officially settled. The Judicial 
Council will make a final ruling in late 
October. □ 

New rales for police 
may end entrapment 

LONDON — British Junior Home 
Office Minister David Mellor has an- 
nounced in the House of Commons that 
new guidelines will be issued to plain- 
clothes police officers regarding investi- 
gation of gay offences. Although Mellor 
did not elaborate, UPI reports that a 
government source claims regulations 
will end entrapment of gay men by 
police. 

The new regulations may have some- 
thing to do with two of the latest catches 
in the English police net. The announce- 
ment of the changes was made only two 
days after the resignation of Keith 
Hampson, parliamentary private secre- 
tary to Defence Secretary Michael 
Hesseltine. Hampson was arrested in the 
Gay Theatre Club, a strip club in the 
Soho district of London, and charged 
with indecently assaulting a policeman. 
Club manager Russell McLeod told the 
London Daily Telegraph that plain- 
clothes officers habitually act as "agents 
provocateurs" in disputes at the club. 

Earlier in May, Sir Peter Hayman, 
former High Commissioner to Canada, 
was convicted of gross indecency after 
an incident in a public washroom last 
February. Hayman pleaded not guilty, 
claiming through his laywer that he 
"merely succumbed in a moment of 
complete weakness." He apologized to 
the court, his family and his friends for 
what happened. 

Although two police officers claim to 
have seen an unspecified "indecent act" 
take place between Hayman and truck- 
driver Leonard Beach, Beach claims a 
uniformed policeman knocked on the 
door before sex occurred. □ 

NOW swings weight 
behind NJ rights bill 

TRENTON — National Organization of 
Women (NOW) President Judy Gold- 
smith announced her organization's sup- 
port for the effort to pass a state lesbian 
and gay rights bill at the State Assembly 
here May 23. 

Bill A1721 would amend the New 
Jersey Law Against Discrimination by 
adding sexual orientation to the pro- 
tected categories. It was introduced into 
the State Assembly in March 1984 by 
Assemblyman Bennett Mazure after 
consultation with gay community 
organizations. 

NOW also announced the appoint- 
ment of Rosemary Dempsey as the or- 
ganization's official lobbyist for the bill. 
Dempsey will be working to develop 
support for the bill in the 80-member 
House. The bill presently has won 21 
sponsors in the Assembly. 

NOW first expressed its support for 
the rights of lesbians and gay men in 
1971. Its support for the New Jersey 
campaign is part of its "Lesbian and 
Gay Rights '84" project. If the bill 
passes, New Jersey will be the second 
American state to guarantee gay rights. 
(The first is Wisconsin.) 

In conjunction with the NOW press 
conference, the New Jersey Lesbian and 
Gay Coalition released the results of a 
fall 1983 survey of discrimination 



against lesbians and gay men. Of those 
polled, 10.4 percent had lost a job be- 
cause they were homosexual; 5.9 percent 
had been denied housing; 39 percent had 
been harassed at a hotel or restaurant 
and 17.1 percent had been victims of 
anti-gay violence. 

"National NOW will be here in New 
Jersey supporting New Jersey NOW and 
working with others to ensure passage of 
this law," said Goldsmith. "We know 
from our long experience in working for 
equal rights for women that there will be 
those who will oppose us. But we are 
confident that most people will no long- 
er tolerate discrimination in any form 
and we are confident that our voices will 
be heard ... this is a matter of simple 
justice." □ 

Frequence Gaie coup 
brings court control 

PARIS — Frequence Gai, the world's 
only full-time lesbian and gay radio sta- 
tion, was placed under judicial adminis- 
tration for three months on May 17, after 
bitter fighting between staff and a few an- 
nouncers who sit on the board of direct- 
ors spilled out into the French courts. 

The latest crisis at the station was 
sparked May 3 when part of the board of 
directors decided to dismiss 80 of the 150 
announcers who work at the station. 
Fearing the move would spark a major 
outcry, a few of them removed the neces- 
sary broadcasting equipment and locked 
themselves in at the transmission site. The 
station was off the air for 24 hours before 
staff managed to evict the "pirates," 
repair the equipment and set up a make- 
shift studio. 

Both sides in the dispute appeared with 
their lawyers before a court of referees 
May 15, arguing their respective rights 
and powers before a judge who seemed 
befuddled by the complex legal structure 
of the volunteer-run station. The station 
is financed by listeners, and all those who 
work on the station elect both the board 
of directors and a board of production. It 
appears that conflict between these two 
boards and confusion concerning their 
respective responsibilities is at the root of 
the present dispute. 

The deadlock in the court was finally 
broken when the lawyer representing 
Genevieve Pastre, former president of 
Frequence Gai, and three other directors 
not involved in the "coup" against the 
announcers, argued that the situation was 
so complicated and serious that only the 
naming of an impartial provisional ad- 
ministrator could possibly keep the sta- 
tion functioning. 

When the judge decided on this course . 
of action, the four directors who had 
sparked the crisis cut the connection be- 
tween the station's studio and the trans- 
mitter, and for the second time in ten 
days staff set up a makeshift studio at the 
transmission site while they waited for a 
new administrator to be officially 
appointed. 

It is hoped that the new administrator 
will be able to sort out the tangle of per- 
sonal and power disputes that threaten to 
tear the station apart and deprive the 
French gay community of one of its most 
important resources. □ 

World News credits 

Bay Area Reporter, San Francisco; Washing/on 
Bladeand NOW Press Release, Washinton, DC; 
Campaign, Robert French and Ken Lovett, Sydney; 
Yanni Vassilas, Athens; GaiPiedzni Homophonies, 
Paris; Madrid Gai, Madrid ; Gay Community News, 
Boston; GLC Voice, Minneapolis; The Weekly News, 
Miami; Gay News, Philadelphia; Dallas Gay News, 
Dallas; San Diego Gayzette, San Diego; New York 
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The most recent AIDS media blitz 
featured the discovery of the 
"cause" of acquired immune defi- 
jj:j:j:j:j:;:j:j ciency syndrome. US scientists 
SSSiw were busy tripping over each other 
either to claim credit or to give it away to 
the French. It was nearly a week before 
they bothered to explain exactly what it 
was that had been discovered. 

Several highly respected newspapers 
ran equivocal headlines over say-nothing 
stories. On April 19, for example, The 
Boston Globe said: "Virus believed to 
cause AIDS is reportedly identified." And 
three days later: "US to identify virus as 
AIDS cause." After Secretary of Health 
and Human Services Margaret Heckler's 
press conference on April 23, they said, 
"Virus tied to AIDS is identified, doctor 
says." 

It was not until Sunday the 24th that 
the New York Times' s Science section 
deigned to explain in detail what the scien- 
tific part of the fuss was about: the devel- 
opment by Dr Robert Gallo of the Na- 
tional Institute of Health's National Can- 
cer Institute, in Bethesda, Maryland, of a 
special super-cell that could harbour 
human T-lymphotropic virus-Ill (HTLV- 
III) long enough to cultivate that virus in 
large quantities. HTLV-III, Gallo believes, 
is the primary cause of AIDS. 

Gallo 's development was important be- 
cause scientists need to produce sufficient 
quantities of suspect viruses in order to 
duplicate in the laboratory the natural 
progression of any viral disease in 
humans. Ultimately, they must duplicate 
the illness in laboratory animals in order 
to develop a vaccine. 

The difference between finding a virus 
and figuring out how to mass-produce it 
is both scientifically and professionally 
significant for competitive researchers. 
Inventing tools and techniques reeks of 
manufacturing, while the discovery of a 
new source of evil for the boys in white to 
gun down is heroic. If you discover both 
the virus and the technique, you are prac- 
tically a god. That is exactly what Gallo 
claimed to have done. 

There was, however, one hitch. The 
Institute Pasteur in Paris had already an- 
nounced, almost a year before, that it had 
isolated lymphadenopathy-associated 
virus (LAV), which their studies indicate is 
the likely cause of AIDS. 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 
in Atlanta, the other major US govern- 
ment research facility investigating AIDS 
along with the National Institute of 
Health (NIH), has consistently credited 
the French with the discovery of the likely 
agents causing AIDS. James O Mason, 
head of the CDC, congratulated Gallo for 
development of a new method for produ- 
cing large quantities of HTLV-lll in the 
laboratory. But that was all. The hint was 
that the NIH had been less than vigorous 
in pursuing the French LAV — which 
might be the same virus as HTLV-III. 
Clearly, something was amiss between the 
boys in Bethesda and their colleagues in 
Atlanta. 

The NIH, Margaret Heckler and even 
the Times, once they had caught the drift 
of what was happening, told the story a 
little differently. The French discovery 
took a back seat to the development of 
the process to mass-produce HTLV-III. 
God-like status was to be secured for the 
US "team" in the AIDS Olympics. 

No one wants to come out and accuse 
doctors of obstructing AIDS research, 
although Dr Roger Enlow, Director of 
the Office of Gay and Lesbian Health 
Concerns in the department of health in 
New York City, came fairly close. Enlow, 
the key player in the political arena of the 
AIDS fight, wrote in a letter to the New 
York Native, "...given that Dr Gallo and 
associates have been able to grow HI I V 



ANALYSIS 




TLVIII 




Announcement of the discovery 

of the "cause" of AIDS has led to a lot of 

high hopes, but a look behind the 

headlines shows that the battle may 

have just begun. 

A report by Cindy Patton 



III from as many as fifty different speci- 
mens from as many different individuals, 
and the fact that others, most notably the 
group at the Institute Pasteur, have iso- 
lated T-lymphotropic virus (LAV), it is in- 
conceivable to me that Dr Gallo and his 
co-workers have been to date unable to 
consider LAV at least as fully as his other 
isolates. LAV has been available to him 
repeatedly and must have been placed in- 
to culture with his innovative cell line 
from which he so readily grows these 
others. Evidence that these viral isolates 
and others from around the world are 
one and the same would add essential evi- 
dence that these isolates cause the disease 
we now call AIDS. Withholding or ob- 
scuring such information is reprehensible 
behavior of the gravest sort." 

• 
We need to believe that doctors, and by 
extension medical researchers, are acting 
in our interests. But medicine and medi- 
cal research are, in fact, major industries, 
motivated by prestige and money. The re- 
searcher is given grants based on her or 
his past work; the more impressive it has 
been, the more likely one is to receive fur- 
ther funding. And the various chemical 
and drug companies, closely connected 
with some of the top researchers in every 
field, are waiting in the wings with their 
patent lawyers. Medical and scientific dis- 
coveries do not end up in the public do- 
main. Mere mortals only benefit from 
these rarified bits of genius when they 
trickle down into actual drugs and tests 
— all at a hefty cost to the consumer. 

Gallo, because of his years of research 
on the HTL family of viruses, was asked 
to be a scientific advisor to Cambridge 
BioScience, a major biotechnology firm 
which has applied for patents on HTL 
viruses in 17 countries. The company re- 
scinded its offer to Gallo, however, be- 
cause of confusion over whether NIH pol- 
icy permits senior scientists to serve as 
consultants to private firms. But crass 
commercialism remains a problem for the 
future. If HTLV-lll proves to be the agent 
responsible for AIDS, Cambridge Bio- 
Science will be the primary owner of the 
key to some of the most important 
secrets of the human immune system — 
perhaps even the answer to the riddle of 
cancer. The company's research pro- 
gramme will be very lucrative: future 
research grants, income from a highly 
marketable vaccine and other AIDS 



related products — and possibly a Nobel 
Prize — are at stake. 

An AIDS vaccine, however, may not 
pay off for a while. Despite Heckler's 
sweeping claim that it is only two years 
away, most doctors believe it is unlikely 
that a vaccine will be widely available 
soon, if one can be developed at all. It 
took nearly ten years to get Hepatitis-B 
vaccine, and there is still no vaccine for 
toxic shock, which is a much less complex 
syndrome than the elusive AIDS. 

• 
The discovery of HTLV-III is important to 
our understanding of AIDS. But equally 
important are the gamma interferon trials 
and other experimental treatment pro- 
grammes which seem to show a glimmer 
of hope that those with AIDS may see im- 
provement, at least for a while, in their 
condition. Why the emphasis, then, on 
virus-hunting? The tip-off was emblaz- 
oned across the full-colour USA Today of 
April 24: "AIDS test to cut risk in trans- 
fusions." A quick and easy "safe blood 



"A quick and easy 'safe 
blood test' to reassure 
the nervous general 
public makes better 
press than tentative 
measures to alleviate the 
symptoms of the small 
minority of people who 
already have 
AIDS." 



test" to protect — and reassure — the 
nervous general public makes better press 
than tentative measures to alleviate the 
symptoms of the small minority of people 
who already have AIDS. 

But even the possibility of such a blood 
test is in doubt. To date, all we know is 
that HTLV-III/I AV is linked to AIDS in 
such a statistically significant number of 
cases that it may be considered "the 
cause." An "AIDS test" wouldn't look 
for the virus itself, but for an antibod) . a 
substance produced by the body in reac 
lion to the presence of 8 virus. Hut DO one 
yet knows the relationship between the 



presence of antibodies and exposure to 
this virus. Do people have antibodies only 
when the virus is present? Or does the 
presence of antibodies indicate that one 
used to carry a virus that's now been 
wiped out? Can the virus be present with 
no antibodies? Does the virus lay dor- 
mant for some period of time and trigger 
antibodies after some other set of 
unknown factors has come into play? 
There is a great deal of research ahead 
before the antibody screening technique 
for this virus has much medical meaning. 

Despite the lack of hard medical know- 
ledge about such a test, it could end up 
being used as a legal device to identify in- 
fected people and institute quarantines. 
Several state health departments in the 
US have dusted off their quarantine stat- 
utes, and all that is missing is a test to sep- 
arate those who should be quarantined 
from those who shouldn't. With "AIDS 
tests" grabbing publicity, some people 
seem to think they've found it. 

But HTLV-III doesn't fit the bill. We 
don't yet know how it might work to 
cause AIDS — or even whether it could do 
so all by itself. AIDS isn't very contagious, 
and that fact has led many researchers to 
believe that a primary agent must work in 
concert with other factors before the con- 
dition can develop. Host factors — gene- 
tic makeup or past medical history — 
may make some people more susceptible 
to infection, and co-factors — other in- 
fectious agents — may also have to be 
present before AIDS can set in. It is even 
possible that HTLV-III is simply another 
one of the opportunistic infections that 
show up when the immune system is sup- 
pressed, and that it may not be responsi- 
ble for triggering that suppression. 

Still, for a panicked public, the idea of 
a simple test makes quarantine more 
tempting. That could mean anything 
from barring people from specific jobs to 
confining those who've been exposed to 
HTLV-III, from the policing of the baths 
and bushes to the closing of gay 
establishments. 

We can't lay all the doomsday specula- 
tion at the establishment's door, how- 
ever. Parts of the gay community in San 
Francisco participated in banning sex 
from the baths. A little bit of medical 
knowledge can be dangerous thing. As we 
keep a watchful and skeptical eye on 
scientists sorting out these discoveries, we 
must also keep a clear view of where we 
stand. 

The rudimentary discovery of HTLV-lll 
cannot be passed off as the end of AIDS. 
We have several more years before a vac- 
cine is available, years in which people 
who have not been exposed to AIDS may 
contract it. If the current rate of increase 
continues, we may be facing 30,000 cases 
in the US alone before this discovery 
means anything to us, or to the life of the 
fragile community we've worked so hard 
to build. The personal and collective 
crises we face in that community are not 
over — and the political battle has barely 
begun. We have to maintain pressure on 
funding and watchdog agencies to be sure 
that research doesn't end with publicity- 
rousing blood tests. Educational efforts 
must continue so we can make informed 
choices when the time comes for individ- 
ual or group decisions about the conduct 
of our sexual and political lives. 

No solution to AIDS will be complete 
until we are neither blamed for the dis- 
ease, nor forced to live in fear for our 
lives. D 



( uulv Patton, a former managing atuc 

Boston's ("iv ( ommiinilv Sens, currently in 
i-\ilc m Provincetown, />. working on a /xx>A 
on the politics oj AIDS, tentatively titled 
Diseast iinii l ihiriiiion. to be published b) iin 

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ART 

IAN THOM 

□JAC. Paintings and drawings, with new 
work, by the gay art collective made up of 
John Grube, Alex Liros and Clarence Barnes. 
Punchinello Gallery, 204A Baldwin St 
(593-5054). June 20 to July 8. Opening June 
20, 8 pm. Regular hours: Thurs-Sun, 1-5 pm. 

□ David Hockney. Hockney is all over town 
these days. The big show at the Art Gallery of 
Ontario (317 Dundas St W, 977-0414), and 
smaller shows of prints at the Albert White 
(25 Prince Arthur, 923-8804) and Mira 
Godard (22 Hazelton, 964-8*197) provide an 
excellent opportunity to see the extent and 
quality of his work. 

□ Loring-Wyle Parkette. Four works (inclu- 
ding busts of each other) by the late sculptors 
Frances Loring and Florence Wyle have been 
installed on the northeast corner of Mt Plea- 
sant and St Clair, near the old church in 
which the two lived and worked together for 
almost 60 years. They are worth a visit, par- 
ticularly Wyle's The Harvester. 

□ Leonardo da Vinci. Studies for The Last Sup- 
per, some of the most magnificent drawings 
ever created. Through Aug 12 at the Art Gallery 
of Ontario, 317 Dundas St W (977-0414). 

Dressing Up. "An off-the-wall fashion 
show and dance party," produced by Tim 
Jocelyn, and featuring a crowd of local artists 
dressing themselves up to celebrate summer. 
Art Gallery at Harbourfront, 235 Queen's 
Quay W. June 2 1 , 9 pm . Tickets $6 at 869-84 1 2 
or BASS. 

^The Canadian Bodybuilder. A show of 
competition photographs for the connoisseur 
of muscle. Through June 30. Lemos Galeria 
461 KingStE.Tues-Sat, 12-4. 

□ Altered Situations/Changing Strategies: The 
Canadian Worker in the Art of the 80s. A 
group show including work by Michael Con- 
stable, Lisa Steele, and the cultural magazine 
FUSE. Through July 21 . A Space, 204 Spadina 
Ave (364-3227). 

Georgian Canada — Conflict and Culture. 
A splendid array of art and artifacts, celebra- 
ting Ontario's bicentennial, through Oct 21 at 
the Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park 
(Mon-Sat, 10-8, Sun 10-6). There is also a fine 
little show of prints and watercolours in the 
Canadiana Bldg, 14 Queen's Park W (Mon- 
Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5), through the summer. 




JON KAPLAN 

Misfit. A performance-art piece by David 
McLean about the "outsider" in society. 
The single character is a gay man whose idol 
is Marilyn Monroe. July 25, 8 pm. Club 
Rivoli, 334 Queen St W. 596-1908. 

Privates on Parade. The original stage ver- 
sion of Peter Nichols's work about how Brit- 
ish troops in the Far East entertained them- 
selves — drag shows appear to have been of 
maximum importance. This Theatre Plus ver- 
sion features Tom Kneebone. July 23-Aug 18. 
St Lawrence Centre, 27 Front St E. 366-7723. 

□ Top Girls. Caryl Churchill's most success- 
ful work after Cloud 9, about the means that 
a woman has to use to achieve success in a 
male world. Through July 1, with possible 
holdover. Tarragon Theatre, 30 Bridgman 
Ave. 531-1827. 

□ Death in Venice. Benjamin Britten's last 
opera, based on the Mann novella about an 
aging artist seeking supreme beauty and 
finding it in a young boy. The work, present- 
ed as part of the Toronto International Festi- 
val, is as much about aesthetic ideals as it is 
about physical beauty. June 24, 26, 28, 30. 
O'Keefe Centre, Front & Yonge. 766-3271. 

_ Yankees at York. Theatre Autumn Angel's 
celebration of the Toronto and Ontario 



JAC • NEW WORKS AT PUNCHINELLO FROM JUNE 20 



birthday festivities, done at historic Fort 
York and featuring giant puppets, dance, 
and other theatrical effects. The script is by 
Sky Gilbert; the music is by Micah Barnes. 
Through July 29. 365-0533. 

□ Trafford Tanzi. The National Arts Centre 
production of Claire Luckham's innovative 
look at the battle of sexual politics, in which 
Tanzi literally half-nelsons her way through 
life in order to become an independent per- 
son — the theatre becomes a wrestling arena 
for the main event. In collaboration with 
Toronto Free Theatre. Through June 24. 26 
Berkeley St. 368-2856. 

Deathtrap. York Centennial Theatre pre- 
sents a local version of Ira Levin's play 
about an established playwright and his 
handsome young "protege." Alumnae Thea- 
tre, 70 Berkeley St. 364-4170. 
DA Taste of Honey. Shelagh Delaney's 1958 
play about disaffected youth in a lower-class 
British tenement. The central character is be- 
friended by a gay artist who lives in her 
building. Through July 14. Theatre Plus, St 
Lawrence Centre, 27 Front St E. 366-7723. 
DA Midsummer Night's Dream. Toronto 
Free Theatre expects about 60,000 people to 
see their new outdoor production (directed by 
R H Thomson) of Shakespeare's comedy. The 
stage is just east of the Grenadier Restaurant 
in the middle of High Park; it is suggested that 
patrons bring blankets. Free. July 14-Aug 12, 
Tues-Sun, 8 pm, and Wed, 2:30 pm. 
Confirm on day of performance at 368-2856. 

□ Shaw Festival. Summer entries include re- 
vivals of last year's excellent Private Lives, 
starring Fiona Reid and artistic director 



Christopher Newton, and of Coward's early 
play The Vortex, a work about the dark side 
of the "bright young things" of the '20s. 
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. 361-1544 
(toll-free Toronto line). 

□ Stratford Festival. While classics like 
Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night 's 
Dream play the main theatre, the Avon 
Theatre devotes itself to Gilbert & Sullivan. 
Returning from past seasons are The 
Mikado, all lustrous Japanese design and 
pleasant melodies; The Gondoliers, a lesser- 
known work that presents Douglas Cham- 
berlain as the Duchess of Plaza-Toro; and 
the new entry this year, lolanthe, featuring 
Maureen Forrester as the Queen of the 
Fairies (reputedly to be flown onto the stage 
by nineteenth-century equipment). The dil- 
emma of Strephon, the operetta's hero, is 
that he is a mortal from the waist up and a 
fairy from the waist down. All three produc- 
tions are directed by Brian Macdonald. In 
repertory. Stratford, Ontario. 363-4471 (toll- 
free Toronto line). 

DANCE 

RON BEN-ISRAEL 

□ Pina Bausch's Tanztheater Wuppertal. The 

best modern dance theatre company in the 
world today. While harking back to the pre- 
Hitler German theatre tradition, Bausch ex- 
plores modern sexual and political issues, 
especially the subjugation of women. Two 
programmes, Cafe Muller and Le Sacre du 
Printemps (June 26, 27 and 28) and 1980 
(June 29 and 30). Ryerson Theatre, 43 Ger- 



□ The Not-So-Great Movie. Frankie Avalon 
and a buddy don women's clothing to infil- 
trate a girls' skiing school, in the 1965 double- 
star Ski Party. CITY-TV, June 24, 2:30 pm. 

CINEMA 

GLEND0N McKINNEY 

□ Une Journee en Taxi. This quiet, leisurely 
Quebec film has similarities to another 
superb French film, Entre Nous. What the 
women of that film knew instinctively, the 
need for love in friendship, the two men in 
Taxi must learn. One is serving an eight-year 
prison term, out on a 36-hour leave, and the 
other is a widowed taxi driver he hires to 
chauffeur him through Montreal in search of 
those responsible for his imprisonment. Both 
labour under emotional restrictions placed 
on them by the world and by themselves. 
They learn, together, what it is to be human, 
and their journey to friendship is well worth 
watching. (Carlton Cineplex). 

□ Privates on Parade. Unlike the overrated 
La Cage aux Folles, this film loves its char- 
acters. We always laugh with them, not at 
them, and the spectacle of wonderfully anar- 
chist poofs confronting the relentlessly 
straight, awesomely naive John Cleese makes 
for some terrific laughs. (Carlton Cineplex 
and Market Square). 

□The Fourth Man. See box p 27. 



NIGHTLIFE 



• Members of Lambda Business Council 

Check TBP's Key to Summer '84 in 
Toronto on page 29 for a map showing 
locations of places listed here. 

RESTAURANTS 

Bemelman's Fashionably cruisy pop singles bar, pricey 
restaurant. 83 Bloor St W 960-0306. 
DCatt New Orleans. Best people-peeking perch In town 
(it'll take your mind off the tood). Patio always packed. 618 
Yonge St. 922-2439 

• Les Cavaliers. Continental menu, daily specials. 418 

Church St. 977-4702. 

Chaps Cafe Noon-9 pm, including $1 .99 soup/sand- 
wich lunch special. $5-$6 range 9 Isabella St, 921-3012. 

Church Street Can). Popular brunch locale in the heart ot 
the ghetto. Daily to 12, Sun: 10 am-5pm. 485 Church St. 
925-1155. 

• Crispins/Buddy's. Innovative cuisine, great wines. 

Brunch: $6.95. 66 Gerrard St E. 977-1919. 

• Crow Bar. Full menu, easy atmosphere, with popular pix 
shown at 8 pm, Mon-Fri. 10 Breadalbane (behind Parkside 

Tavern). 923-6136. 

• 18 East Hotel & Tavern. Inexpensive home-cooked 

meals. Sunday brunch $3.95. 18 Eastern Ave. 368-4040. 

DFare Exchange. Small neighbourhood caf6. 4 Irwin Ave 

923-5924. 

DThe Fat Squirrel. At Cornelius 579 Yonge St. 967-4666 

I Fenton's. The one place to go if you've only one place to 

go (and can afford it). Less expensive room downstairs. 2 

Gloucester St. 961-8485 

Golden Griddle. Pancakes, etc, inexpensive place for 
Sunday brunch. 45 Carlton St. 977-5044. 

• Jennie's. Chic restaurant Live music Fri-Sun nights; 
Sunday brunch 360 Queen St E (at Parliament). 861-1461 

• Lipstick. Daytime meals, late night snacks, and loud 

music. 4:30 pm-3 am (4 am weekends). 580 Parliament St 
922-6655. 



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• Pimblett's. Gaudy, friendly British pub. Import draught, 
desserts. 249 Gerrard St E. 929-9525. 

"Queen Mother CahS. New wave, artsy crowd, with ima- 
ginative eats. 206 Queen St W. 598-4719. 

• Raclette French cuisine and great by-the-glass wine list 
361 Queen St W. 593-0934. 

DRivoli. Exotic snacks, inventive specials and a colourful 
crowd 334 Queen St W. 596-1908. 

Le Select Bistro. Bistro lunches and late night dining. 
328 Queen St W. 596-6405 
□ Sgana Landing. Patio restaurant. Seafood, "tour of 
France" specials. 40 Stadium Road (Bathurst & 
Lakeshore), 368-7794. 

□Together. Continental menu, specials. Sunday: 
allyoucaneat/$6 457 Church St. 923-3469. 



• The Albany Tavern. 158 King St E. 861-1155. Dancing, 
patio. 

• The Barn. 83 Granby St. 977-4702. Casual stand-up bar 
and disco. After-hours Fri and Sat till 4 am ($2 cover). 
□Boots (at the Selby). 592 Sherbourne St. 921-1035. 
Dance floor, lounge. 

• Buddy's Backroom Bar. 370 Church St 977-9955. 
Chatty, casual stand-up bar 

□ Bud's (at Hotel Selby). 592 Sherbourne St. 921-3142. 
Raunchy video, dance floor 

□ Cameo Club. 95 Trinity St 368-2824 Licensed private 
dance club for women Fri and Sat only. 

• Les Cavaliers. 418 Church St. 977-4702 Piano sing- 
along bar, very chatty. 

□ Chaps. 9 Isabella St (at Yonge). 921-3012. Large up- 
stairs disco, downstairs bar with risque slides and video 
Sidewalk patio. 

□Cornelius. 579 Yonge St. 967-4666 Dance floor, dining 
area. Open 4 pm. $1 a beer till 8 pm weeknights. 

• Crow Bar. 10 Breadalbane St (laneway behind Parkside 
Tavern) 923-6136. Video Mon-Sal, 

4 pm-3am, Sun4pm-1 am 

The Hitch'n'Post. 529 Yonge St Leather bar/ restaurant 
Mon-Fn, 7:30 pm-10 pm. Fri/Sat, midnight to 3 am. Sun 
brunch noon to 4 pm and dinner: 5 pm-10 pm 925-9998. 

Katrina's. 5 St Joseph St 961-4740 Stand-up bar with 
dance floor Fri and Sal to 4 am Sun T-dances Cover 
charge weekends Dining lounge 
□Oz. 1 1sabella St. 961-0790 Large bar and disco, lotsa 
lesbians Also after hours ($3) 

Parkside Tavern. 530 Yonge St. 922-3844 Men s 
beverage room, side entrance Closed Sun 

The Quest. 665 Yonge St 964-8641 Bar. dining room 
Upstairs: Rusty's Cabaret, with regular cover-charge drag 
entertainment 

St Charles Tavern. 488 Yonge St 925-5517 Large 
beverage rooms 

The Surfboard Tavern. New lesbian bar. in basement of 
Hotel California 319 Jarvis St (side entrance) 

Together 457 Church St 923-3469 Lesbian bar. dining 
room 

The Tool Box. Leather club bar with patio, meals. Club 
night Thurs 18 Eastern Ave 869-9294 



• The Barracks. 56 Widmer St. 593-0499. Leather/ 
denim. 6 pm-10 am; 24 hours on weekends. 

• The Club. 231 Mutual St 977-4629. 24 hours. 

• The Roman's Health and Recreation Spa. 742 Bay SI 
598-2110. 24 hours. 



□Chaps. See Bars, above. 

□Club Manatee. 11A St Joseph St. 922-1898. Male only, 
youngish crowd. Not licensed. Fri & Sat: 10 pm-6 am; Sun: 
10:30 pm-3:30 am. Live shows Sat at 2 am, Sun at mid- 
night. 

□Oz. See Bars, above. 

□Pan AM Dances. Tues nights at the Rivoli, 334 Queen St 
W from 8 pm. New wave. 



□Stages. 530 Yonge St 928-0492. Fri-Sat 12 to 5 am. 

Sun 10:30 pm-4 am. $6. 

□Twilight Zone. 185 Richmond St W. 977-3347. New 

wave Weekends. $8. 

□Voodoo Club. 9 St Joseph St (above Katrina's). 

960-9335 Newwave. Weekends. $5. 

ACCOMMODATION 

□Cabbagetown Lodging-House and Efficiencies. 300 

Wellesley St E (at Parliament). Call Bill or Allen, 961-9320. 
□Catnaps Guesthouse. 246 Sherbourne St 968-2323. Fif- 
teen rooms, waterbeds, TV lounge, pool table and game 
room, laundry and kitchen facilities, free parking, sundeck, 
complimentary rolls and coffee. Sun-Thurs, $25; Fri, Sat. 
holidays, $30 Visa/Mastercard. 
□18 East Hotel. 18 Eastern Ave. 368-4040 Bar and dining 
room, 22 rooms, TV lounge, sauna, gym, laundry facilities, 
sundeck, free parking. 1 or 2 people: $24, weekend rates. 
□The Selby Hotel. 592 Sherbourne St. 921-3142 



SUN, SEXUALITY, STYLE AND WIT 

The sun was shining, a gentle breeze was blowing, and the crowd was friendly, as pictures 
were perused, wine was sipped, and artists were chatted to. The June 3 Gay Art Show, spon- 
sored by the Lambda Business Council, was, all in all, a very pleasant experience. 

The first, and I hope annual, one-day exhibition brought together about 70 works by 24 art- 
ists. There was a good range of subject and style, from the overt sexuality of Andy Fabo 's 
Three Graces to Eric Parker's witty He only loved bits and pieces of people. There were fine 
paintings by Matt Gould, constructions by Doug Morrison (I particularly liked Blue Horizon) 
and, for the nostalgia buff, hand-coloured photos byAngie Coloni (below). 

A benefit for the Gay Community Appeal (to which the artists donated at least 25% of any 
sale), the show attracted almost 600 people and resulted in 21 sales, totalling over a thousand 
dollars. It was a very positive experience, I am sure, for both artists and viewers. 

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Victorian-style hotel; bar, dining room 72 rooms. No 
housekeeping 1-2 people with private bath: $35; without: 
$27. 



COMMUNITY 



Toronto Gay Community Council 105 Carlton SI. 4th floor. 
MSB 1M2 Umbrella organization ot lesbian and gay groups 
Forum for sharing information and discussing political strategies 

SOCIAL & 
POLITICAL ACTION 

GAIDS Committee of Toronto. See Health, below 
DBeaches Area Gays. Meets Thurs nights, after 9 pm. at Conti- 
nental Flair Lounge (in the Beach Mall). 1971 Queen St E (at 
Waverley) 

HBridges. 118 Spruce St, M5A 2J5 Michael Riordon 
(923-8089) Group connecting lesbian, gay and third world libera 
tion struggles 

Chutzpah 730 Bathurst St. M5S 2R4 489-4662 Group for 
Jewish gay men and lesbians and friends 

Coalition tor Gay Rights in Ontario (CGRO). Box 822. Stn A 
M5W 1G3 533-6824 Toronto ottice 730 Bathurst St. M5S 2R4 
^Committee to Defend John Damien 1508-914 Yonge St. 
M4W 3C8 925-6729 

Foolscap (Oral History Project). Conducting interviews with gay 
people John Grube. 961-8947 

Foundation lor the Advancement ol Canadian Transsexuals 
(FACT) - Toronto. 519 Church St Community Centre M4Y 2C9 

Gay Alliance at York, c/o CYSF. 105 Central Sq. York University 
4700KeeleSt.Downsview. 0NM3J 1P3 667-2515 

Gay Asians Toronto. Box 752. Stn F M4Y 2N6 Info Alan at 
Glad Day Bookshop. 961-4161 

Gay Association ot Maritimers in Toronto. 730 Bathurst St 
M5S 2R4 Suppon group lor Maritimers moving to Toronto 

Gay Community Appeal ol Toronto Box 2212. Stn P M5S 2T2 
869-3036 Fund-raising tor gay and lesbian community protects 

Gay Community Dance Committee (GCDC) 730 Bathurst St. 
M5S 2R4 Organizes community lund-raising dances 

Gay Courtwatch Room 337 Old City Hall (Queen and Bay) 
362-6928 

Gay Fathers ol Toronto Box 187 Stn F M4Y 2L5 364-4164 
weeknights 

Gay Liberation Against the Right Everywhere (GLARE) Box 793 
StnO M4T 2N7 

Gay SIG. Drawer C622. c/o The Body Politic Box 7289 Stn A 
MSW 1X9 Gioup ol gay members ol MENSA in Canada 

Gay Sell-Oelence Group Box 793. Sin Q. M4T 2N7 423 4803 
Organizes courses in selldelence in and outside ol Toronto 

Gay Youth ot Toronto. 730 Bathurst St M5S 2R4 533-2867 
Phone counselling Mon Wed Fn 7 pm 10 pm 

Gays and Lesbians at U ot T c/o SAC Office 12 Hart House Cir- 
cle. University ol Toronto. MSS 1A1 360 6339 

GEM Gay Community Outreach Box 62 Brampton ON L6V 2K7 
Peel Region (BramptonMississauga) group lor gays and lesbians 
GaylineWesl 453-4426 

GLAD (Gay/Lesbian Action Iw Disarmament) Box 5794 Sin A 
MSW 1P7 921 1938 

Glad Day Defence Fund 648A Yonqe Si M4Y 2A6 9614161 

international Gay Association (Toronto) c o Gay Community 
Council 

Lesbian and Gay Academic Society I I SAC 12 Had House C« 
cle. UoM M5S 1A1 921 S317 (Conrad) 0» 924 6474 
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WED/JUNE 20 

□ JAC. Opening night of the gay art collec- 
tive's new show. See Art. 

THURS/JUNE21 

(.a> Fathers of Toronto Annual Meeting. 
Info: 364-4164. 

□ Dressing Up. Fashion show and dance 
party at Harbourfront. See Art. 

□ "Transsexuals." See TV/Radio. 

FRI/JUNE22 

□ Canoe Weekend. Out & Out, 927-0970. 

SAT/JUNE 23 

□ Not-So- Amazon Softball League. The 

230-member lesbian league plays every Sat 
and Sun from 12:30 on in the Riverdale (west 
side) and Keelesdale Parks, and from 3 pm 
at Dovercourt Park (Dufferin & Bloor). 
Come and watch teams like the Rubyfruit 
Tarts and Bats Outta Hell slug it out! 

□ Cabbagetown Group Softball League. The 
gay league plays every Sat and Sun from 1 1 
am through the afternoon, in Riverdale Park 
(east side, north diamond). 

□ "All Night Long." Except for August's 
boat cruise (see Aug 1 1), this is the Gay Com- 
munity Dance Committee's only event until 
the Oct 27 Hallowe'en dance. Two dance 
floors, 9 pm to 5 am. Proceeds to a wide 
variety of lesbian and gay groups. Licensed. 
Tickets $7 advance at Glad Day Bookshop, 
or $8 at door, or $5 after 1:30 am. The Con- 
cert Hall, 888 Yonge St. 

□ "Strawberry Fields Forever!" A bike ride 
out to a berry farm for a harvest. Out & 
Out, 927-0970. 

SUN/JUNE 24 

□ Chutzpah Brunch. 1 pm, at the Art 
Gallery of Ontario's patio restaurant, 317 
Dundas St W. Info: 489-4662. 

□ Special MCC Service. Reverend Nancy 
Radclyffe, chaplain of the Spiritual Life and 
Clergy Care Centre in Los Angeles, is the 
guest preacher for the Metropolitan Commu- 
nity Church's 1 1 am service. 730 Bathurst St. 

□ Parachuting. With Out & Out's airborne 
division. Beginners welcome. 927-0970. 

□ Death in Venice. See Theatre. 

TUES/JUNE26 

□ Tanztheatre Wuppertal. See Dance. 

WED/JUNE 27 

□ Gay Community Council Meeting. Forum 
for sharing info and debating issues. 519 
Church St Community Centre, 7:30 pm. 
Info: 923-GAYS or CGRO (533-6824). 

THURS/JUNE28 

□ Canada Day Barbecue. Out & Out's 
annual summer biggie, with fireworks to top 
off the evening. Cost: $7. 927-0970. 

FRI/JUNE29 

□ Canada Cup. Weekend tournament hosted 
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States, and even Europe. Riverdale Park, 
east side of valley, throughout weekend. 

□ The Fourth Man. Opening night of the ac- 
claimed Dutch film. See box next page. 

□ Out & Out Canoe Weekend. 927-0970. 



SUN/JULY 1 



□ Lesbian and Gay Pride Day '84. Clowns, 
comedians, dance bands, an auction, and a 
street parade — including floats from various 
gay groups and businesses — are some of this 
year's highlights. Among the treasures being 
auctioned are a houseboat weekend for 
eight, works by Toronto artists, a ride with 
the Amazon motorcycle club, and much 
more, with Alderman Jack Layton acting as 
auctioneer (credit cards and cheques ac- 
cepted). All happening in and around 
Cawthra Park, next to the 519 Church St 
Community Centre (just north of Church & 
Wellesley) from 1 pm on. 



TUES/JULY3 



□ Summer Day Camp. A project for chil- 
dren of lesbian and gay parents, organized 
by the 519 Church St Community Centre, 
and running till Aug 31. $20 per child for en- 
tire summer. Penny Lamy, 923-2770. 

WED/JULY 4 

□ Lutherans Concerned. Meeting at 8 pm. 
Info: David or James, 463-7354. 

□ Lesbian Phone Line Meeting. Prospective 
volunteers welcome. 348 College St, 3rd 
floor. 7:30 pm. 960-3249. 

THURS/JULY5 

□ Swim Wear Parade. At Buddy's, 370 
Church St, from 9:30 pm. Beer 99<t all night 
to anyone in anything brief. 



FRI/JULY6 



□ Gay Fathers Potluck Supper. Friends and 
family welcome. 7:30 pm. Info: 364-4164. 



SAT/JULY 7 



□ Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf meeting. 

519 Church St Community Centre, 1-4 pm. 

SUN/JULY 8 

□ Dignity (Gay Catholics) Service. With 
special liturgy organized by women in Dig- 
nity. See Sundays. 

FRI/JULY 13 

□ Gay Bingo Night. The Toronto Historical 
Bowling Society hosts what is sure to be a 
fun evening, 8 pm in the St Lawrence Market 
(Front & Jarvis). $3500 in prizes. To con- 
firm, call 423-5955. A fund-raising event for 
the Maple Leaf Classic in August. 



SAT/JULY 14 



□ "Summer Sleaze!" All women are invited 
to "do your worst" at this dance organized 
by the Lesbian Mothers Defence Fund, 9 pm 
to 1 am at the 519 Church St Community 
Centre. "Irresistable buffet... Come-as-you- 
are costumes... Torchy music... Provocative 
decor. ..." Tickets $6 ($5 advance, on sale 
July 1st at Toronto Women's Bookstore and 
Glad Day Books); sliding scale and assistance 
with babysitting expenses. Info: 465-6822. 



SUN/JULY 15 

□ Rochester (NY) Gay Community Picnic. 

See ad p 18. 

WED/JULY 18 

□ Boots Sea Cruise Night. Fun and frolics at 
592 Sherbourne St, with surprise entertain- 
ment. Beer 99C all night for anyone wearing 
anything brief. 

THURS/JULY19 

□ Gay Fathers of Toronto. Discussion night. 
Info: 364-4164. 

SUN/JULY 22 

□ Chutzpah. Monthly brunch, meeting at 1 
pm at Ryan's Restaurant, 49 St Clair St W. 
Info: 489-4662. 

MON/JULY 23 

□ Privates on Parade. The play. See Theatre. 

WED/JULY 25 

□ Gay Community Council Meeting. See 

June 27. 

□Misfit. See Theatre. 

FRI/AUG 3 

□ Maple Leaf Classic Bowling Tournament. 

Be prepared for hundreds of gay women and 
men to flood into town from the States, 
Europe and across Canada, for this four-day 
event hosted by the Toronto Historical Bowl- 
ing Society (who, by the way, recently picked 
up top prize at Vancouver's English Cup 
tournament). Special events are to include 
bingo on Friday night; a leather show and 
disco on Saturday night; an evening at the 
Surfboard Tavern, also Saturday night; an 
awards banquet and dance on Sunday night; 
brunch at the CN Tower on Monday; and a 
send-off party and dance Monday night. For 
details, call 423-5955. Many billeting spaces 
are needed — if you can help, call 463-6824. 



SAT/AUG 4 



□Toronto Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf. 

Monthly meeting. 519 Church St Commu- 
nity Centre, 1-4 pm. 

ONE IN TWO HUNDRED 

Jeffrey Andrews, chosen for Death in Venice 's 
Tadzio from 200 auditioners. See Theatre. 



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MON/AUG 6 

□ Gay Fathers of Toronto. Theme discus- 
sion. 519 Church St Community Centre, 8 
pm. Info: 364-4164. 

WED/AUG 8 

□ Eurythmics. Annie Lennox ana Dave Stew- 
art show what sweet dreams are made of, at 
the Kingswood Music Theatre just north of 
Toronto. Info: Ticketron or 463-6477. 

□ Chutzpah Planning Meeting. The gay 
Jewish group, meeting at Arnold's place at 8 
pm. Info: 489-4662. 



SAT/AUG11 



□ Gay Boat Cruise. The Gay Community 
Dance Committee's first marine event! A 



survey at April's dance showed that 60% of 
both women and men would be willing to 
pay $16 for a few hours of fun on the water, 
and GCDC has obliged. Boarding begins at 8 
pm at Pier 28, at the foot of Jarvis St. Sail- 
ing time is 9 sharp, and DJ Ted Bates pro- 
vides the music. The boat docks at 1 am, but 
dancing continues till 2. Advance tickets 
only, limited to 300, available at Glad Day 
Books or the June 23 dance. Info: 961-4161 . 



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□ Gay Fathers and Children's Picnic. 1 
on the Toronto Islands. Fun, food and 
games. Info: 364-4164. 

□ Dignity Service. With liturgy organized by 
women in Dignity. See Sundays. 



FRI/AUG 17 

□ Gay Fathers Potluck Supper. 364-4164. 

SUN/AUG 19 

□ Chutzpah Third Annual Picnic and 
Barbecue. The gay Jewish group meets at 
Old Mill Subway, 3 pm sharp, for an excur- 
sion to Humber River. Bring your own meat. 
Info: 489-4662. 

THURS/AUG30 

□ Gay Fathers Meeting. General discussion. 
Info: 364-4164. 




' ' The polish and wit of a Hitchcock film 
mixed with eroticism and humour. . . stylish 
and effective" writes Vito Russo (author of 
The Celluloid Closet) about The Fourth Man, 
opening June 29 at the Showcase Cinema on 
Yonge Street. The Dutch film, directed by 
Paul Verhoeven (Spotters) won the Interna- 
tional Critics Prize at last fall's Festival of 
Festivals in Toronto. 

A poor but acclaimed writer on a lecture 
tour spends the night with a lovely and 
mysterious fan. He discovers that she is the 
widow of three husbands, all of whom have 
died in very curious circumstances. He de- 
cides to stay a while longer when he finds 
out that his hostess 's current boyfriend is the 
same gorgeous fellow he cruised in the train 
station on the way up, and connives to 
seduce the young man. He cannot, however, 
shed hallucinatory premonitions of death, and 
an increasing paranoia that his hostess is 
plotting to add one of them to her list of late 
amours — will one of them be the fourth, and 
if so— who? 

The characters are refreshingly human, 
and the author, especially, may be one of the 
first utterly believable gay characters in 
cinema — selfish, lazy and manipulative, but 
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□ The Women's Group. Support group for 
lesbians, 8 pm. 519 Church St Community 
Centre. Info: Raechel, 936-0527. 

□ Defensercise. Two hours of exercise, self- 
defence and fun, hosted by Toronto Gay 
Patrol. Free. Wear running shoes, loose 
clothing and don't eat 45 minutes before ses- 
sion. 519 Church St, 7:30 pm. 

□ Overeaters Anonymous. For gay men and 
lesbians. 519 Church St Community Centre, 
7:30 pm. 



TUESDAYS 



□ Gay Youth of Toronto. 7:30 pm. Info: 
533-2867 (Mon, Wed, Fri from 7-10 pm). 

□ Integrity (Gay Anglicans). Church of the 
Holy Trinity (Eaton Centre). 7:30 pm. 
593-6217. 

□ Women's Studies Student Union Open 
House. Noon to 2 pm (bring your own 
lunch). Room 5 1 B, New College (NE corner 
in the basement), U of T. 



WEDNESDAYS 



□ Metropolitan Community Church. Mid- 
week services. 730 Bathurst St. Wheelchair- 
accessible. 7:30 pm. 

□ Toronto Addicted Women's Self-Help Net- 
work. Self-help group for women addicted to 
alcohol and other drugs. Central Neighbour- 
hood House. 349 Ontario St, 7 pm. Info: 
961-7319. 



THURSDAYS 



□ TAG Coming Out Group. Meets in private 
home. Supportive atmosphere for people 
coming to terms with their sexuality. 8 pm. 
Info: 964-6600. 



WEEKENDS 



SUNDAYS 

□ Dignity/Toronto. Gay Catholics and 
friends. Mass or worship followed by discus- 
sion. Lynch Hall, Our Lady of Lourdes 
Church (Sherbourne St, south of Bloor), 5 
pm. Wheelchair-accessible. 960-3997. 

□ Metropolitan Community Church. Wor- 
ship at 1 1 am and 7:30 pm; singspiration 15 
minutes before each service. Sunday school 
provided for II am service. Wheelchair- 
accessible; services on first Sun of each 
month signed for the deaf. 730 Bathurst St. 

□ Christos Metropolitan Community 
Church. Worship service at 7 pm, St Luke's 
United Church (Sherbourne & Carlton, in 
chapel off Carlton) with fellowship hour. 
489-4293 (days) or 248-1733 (evenings). 

□ Alcoholics Anonymous. Gay and lesbian 
group, open to all. 3 pm. 730 Bathurst St 
(MCC). 



PHONELINES 



□ Alcoholics Anonymous 964-3962 

Lesbian and gay groups. 

□ Gaycare Toronto 243-5494 

Seven days a week, 7-1 1 pm. 

□ Lesbian Phoneline 960-3249 

Tues 7:30-10:30 pm. 

□Gay Community Calendar 923-GAYS 

□GayCourtwatch 362-6928 

□ Gay Fathers of Toronto 364-4164 

Mon-Fri, 7-10 pm. 

□ Gay Youth of Toronto 533-2867 

Mon, Wed, Fri, 7-10 pm. 

North American 
Transvestite-Transsexual 
ContactService(Seattle) (206)624-8266 

[ 1 Spouses of Gays 967-0597 

Wed and Thurs 6:30-8:30 pm. 

Toronto Area Gays (TAG) 964-6600 

Mon-Fri 7-10 pm. 
Counselling, info. 

Bisexuals International. (215)425-3894 
(Philadelphia). 

CIRPA 960-6318 

Citizens' Independent Review of Police 

Vtmties 24-hour confidential hotline. 
Trouble with the police'' Call u> first: 



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(SORT OF) WITH SHEILA GOSTICK 



Wednesday, May 28 
Dear Diary: 

Heaven! Paradise! ! I spent the night 
with Sheila Gostick! ! ! Well, to be truth- 
ful, part of the night. Well, the evening. 
But guess what? Sheila Gostick wears a 
white T-shirt, grey socks with pink 
stripes, red pyjamas and patent-leather 
army boots to bed ! ! And she has a nice 
big double bed, too. Well, it wasn't real- 
ly her bed — it was sort of just on the 
stage at Theatre Passe Muraille. Any- 
way, she was in it — boots and all — 
when I got there. And she talks inces- 
santly, in bed or out of it. She told me 
she used to more keen on the whole idea 
of bed until she realized that "sleeping 
together" meant "staying awake." And 
she likes to sleep — I think because she 
dreams so much. She used to dream in 
3-D! ! But she doesn't anymore because 
she doesn't like to wear the little glasses 
to bed. 



Oh, Diary, she is so terrific! She told 
me all about Wayne Gretzky, her ideal 
man — wealthy & never home. But she 
knows she shouldn't take money from 
men. She'll take money from women, 
though — if she can find one who makes 
a million bucks playing ice hockey. 

Diary, she is so beautiful! You might 
not guess it from this picture I've pasted 
in here, but she has a Mohawkl Oh, not 
on her head — up her legs! ! When she 
takes her pyjamas off it looks like she's 
wearing tuxedo pants! ! ! 

I just can't stand it, Diary — she can 
sing, and dance, and I never laughed so 
much in all my life! Like, you know 
what she said about the CN Tower? 
"That," she said, "is the best example 
of what a really insecure architect can 
do." 

Well, Diary, I must run — I'm going 
downtown to see if I can buy me a pair 
of ice skates. Edna Barker D 



AN OPERA FANATIC'S DELIGHT 



"Stupenda!" doesn't begin to convey 
the sensation created by Joan 
Sutherland's performances as the tragic 
heroine of Donizetti's Anna Bolena, 
staged recently for the first time by the 
Canadian Opera Company. Opening 
night audiences gasped as the curtain 
slowly rose to reveal a sumptuous state- 
room (supposedly in Windsor Castle) 
with the great Dame herself seated well 
downstage, her commanding figure 
draped in crimson velvet. 

In many ways Anna Bolena (particu- 
larly this production, designed in the 
grand manner by John Pascoe and 
Michael Stennett) seems quintessentially 
an opera fanatic's delight: prima donnas 



Anna Bolena by Gaetano Donizetti. Canadian 
Opera Company, May 22-June 3. Conducted 
by Richard Bonynge. Directed by Lotfi 
Mansouri. 



garbed in luxurious gowns and elegant 
headgear pouring out endless streams of 
melody with fiendish embellishments; 
dramatic confrontations and duets 
crowned with thrilling high notes; pomp 
and pageantry set against lavish back- 
drops and fairytale settings. And above 
all, an obligatory mad-scene for the 
doomed heroine wronged by fate and 
lecherous intrigue. 

Conceived in 1830 as a vehicle for the 
great Giuditta Pasta (a singing actress 
whose inspiration made audiences over- 
look her vocal inadequacies). Anna has 
been revived on rare occasions as a 
showcase for dramatic coloraturas, stars 
of the bel canto style who can cope with 
the merciless demands of the music and 
still create memorable dramatic effects. 
A famous modern revival took place in 
1957 at La Scala, with Luchino Visconti 
directing the prodigious talent of Maria 
Callas, whose overwhelming success in 



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BUM BUI 



the title role drew cries of "Divina!" 
from impassioned Milanese audiences. 
More recently Elena Suliotis and Beverly 
Sills have attempted this gruelling role, 
with only moderate success. 

At 58, Sutherland continues to 
astonish even her detractors with her 
vocal longevity and celebrated agility. 
She is not (and has never aspired to be) 
the kind of consummate singing actress 
that Callas was, but over the years she 
has learned to declaim in the grand man- 
ner, moving regally about the stage with 
enough energy and conviction to create 
powerful effects. In Bolena she domin- 
ated all the ensembles, her awesomely 
large voice soaring above the orchestra 
with one climactic high note after 
another, particularly during the magnifi- 
cent finale of the second act, when Anna 
boldly challenges King Henry's power 
and angrily defends herself against 
trumped-up adultery charges. 

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the 
evening was the triumph of Judith Forst 
— a Canadian mezzo once wasted in 
thankless roles like Maddelena in Rigo- 
letto — singing the complex role of Jane 
Seymour, Anna's lady-in-waiting and 
Henry VlII's current mistress. Forst 
combined dramatic force with agile 
coloratura singing to suggest convincing- 
ly Seymour's ambiguous motivations 
and sympathies. Like Bellini's Norma, a 
bel canto masterpiece written shortly 
afterwards in 1831 , Anna Bolena pro- 
vides a fascinating study of sexual dilem- 
ma, with women joined together against 
the male fools and bullies who've used 
and betrayed them. The great confronta- 
tion scene between Anna and Seymour 
was perhaps the musical highpoint of the 
evening, the two women's voices uniting 
in an extended duet which rose in thirds 
to a splendid climax, bringing the house 
down. In other scenes they were admir- 
ably supported by James Morris as the 
villainous Henry, and Janet Stubbs, 
strikingly handsome in the trouser role 
of Smeaton, the page-boy who adores 
Anna but betrays her under torture. 

In the celebrated mad scene which 
concludes the opera Sutherland sounded 
fresher than ever, using haunting col- 
ours and unaccustomed chest notes, as 
well as dazzling coloratura, to convey 
the pathos of Anna's demise. Dame 
Joan's concept of madness is general- 
ized: a kind of nineteenth century 
melancholia touched by moments of 
delirium and nostalgia. In her rendition 
of Anna's eloquent prayer, "Cielo, a 
miei lunghi spasami," an outrageous 
pirating by Donizetti of "Home, Sweet 
Home," from Bishop's Clan (1823), 
Sutherland displayed exquisite tone and 
disarming sincerity. Her final cabaletta, 
denouncing Henry and his newly 
crowned consort in a series of rising trills 
and dazzling embellishments, brought 
the audience to its feet. 

There hasn't been such an exciting 
musical event here in a long time. Gen- 
eral Director Lotfi Mansouri (who also 
directed this production) has earned the 
gratitude of opera aficionados both for 
wooing Sutherland back to the COC for 
her first attempt at this demanding role, 
and for the imagination and enterprise 
he has once again displayed in bringing 
in a production of international calibre. 
From here the production (underwritten 
by the Gamma Fisher Foundation) will 
travel to opera centres in the US: 
Detroit, San Francisco, Houston and 
Chicago. What Toronto needs now is a 
properly equipped opera house which 
can sustain the lofty standards set by this 
great production, and also meet the de- 
mands of Mansouri's vision for the 
musical future of this city. 

P G Baker! 




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TORONTO 1 

Check the Out In the City listings beginning on page 24 
for full descriptions and addresses of places listed below. 




Les Cavaliers . . . 


.35 


Church St Cafe . . 


.38 


Crispins 


.32 


18East 


.26 


Fare Exchange . . 


. .4 


Fenton's 


. .6 


Golden Griddle . . 


.34 




.27 


Lipstick 


.41 


Plmblett's 


.29 


Queen Mother Cafe 22 


Raclette 


.20 


TheRlvoll 


.18 




.19 


Sgana Landing . . 


. 15 



. .12 
. . .1 
. .14 
. .31 
. .37 
. .26 



BARS 

The Albany 24 

TheBarn 35 

Boots/Bud's .... 42 

Buddy's 32 

CameoClub 25 

■ LesCavaliers .... 35 

Chaps 3 

Cornelius 10 

Crow Bar 11 

TheHHch'n'Post . 13 



Katrina's .... 
TheParkside . 
The Quest . . . 
St Charles . . . 
The Surf board 
Together .... 
The Tool Box . 

DISCOS 

Chaps 

Club Manatee. 

Oz 

PanAM/Rlvoli 

Stages 

Twilight Zone . 
Voodoo Club . 

BATHS 

The Barracks . 
The Club .... 
The Roman's . 



ACCOMMODATION 

Catnaps 30 

18 East Hotel ... .26 
Selby Hotel 42 



SERVICES 

Glad Day Books 



Toronto Women's 

Bookstore 46 

(1 block west of 
Spadlna) 

Metropolitan Com- 
munity Church . . .45 
(West to Bathurst, 
1 block south) 

5 19 Centre 40 

Hassle Free Clinic .39 
Nellie's Hostel . . .28 
(East on Gerrard, 
south on Broadview 
to Rlverdale Village) 

Jennie's 47 

(West to Bathurst, 
half-block south) 
Stop86 44 

OUTDOORS 

Hanlan's Point 

Beach 16 

(Take ferry from 

docks (17), walk to 

beach) 

Rlverdale Park (site of 

most CGSL and Not- 

so- Amazon Softball 

games) 28 

(East on Gerrard, 
north on Broadview 



SOCIAL/POLITICAL ACTION 

continued from page 25 



Lesbian and Gay History Group ol Toronto. Box 639. Stn A. 
M5W 1G2 961-7338 

D Lesbian and Gay Pride Day Committee. Box 793. Stn 0. 
M4T 2N7 Organizes end ot June celebration. 
n Lesbian Incest Survivors Support Group. Info 964-7477 (Rape 
Crisis Centre) 

ZLesbian Mothers Defense Fund. Box 38. Stn E M6H 4E1. 
465-6822 

Lesbian Speakers Bureau. Box 6597. Stn A. M5W 1X4 Info: 
Michelle at 789-4541 or Debbie at 964-7477 Speakers tor myth- 
shattering seminars and workshops about lesbians 

Lesbians Against the flight Box 6579. Stn A. M5W 1 X4 
Lesbian-feminist political action group 

Metamorphosis. Box 5963. Stn A. M5W 1P4 Transsexual coun- 
selling and services 

New Democratic Party Gay and Lesbian Caucus. Box 792. Sin F. 
M4Y 2N7 964-1049 

New Dimensions. Social group for women, meets approximately 
every third week Into: Gayle. 683-8691 
"The New Voice, c/o 519 Church St. M4Y 2C9 Lesbian/gay 
choir 

Osgoode Gay/Lesbian Caucus. Vork University. 4700 Keele St. 
Downsview, M3J 2R5 532-2443 (Peter) or 463-4721 (Shelley) 

Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Toronto. 52 Roxaline 
St Weston ON M9T 2Y9 Info Pauline Martin at 244-2105 

Parents of Gays Mississauga. c/o Anne Rutledge. 3323 Kings 
Mastings Cres. Mississauga L5L 1G5 820-5130 

Right to Privacy Committee (RTPC). 730 Bathurst St. M5S 2R4 
Defence committee for gays arrested under bawdyhouse laws 
Cheques or charges pyable to Harriet Sachs in trust for RTPC Info 
961-8046 or 362-2877 Also runs Courtwatch (362-6928) 

Toronto Rainbow Alliance of the Deal. Box 671 . Sin F. M4Y 2N6 

WHY' (We Help You). Non-profit para-protessional support group 
tor transsexuals 26-325 Jarvis St. M5B2C2 967-3405 



HEALTH & 
SOCIAL SERVICES 

□ AIDS Committee ot Toronto. Box 55. Stn F. M4Y 2L4 926-1626 
(Mon-Fn. 9 am-5 pm) Educates public about the syndrome, 
especially AIDS-aftected communities, and provides support services 
to people with AIDS 

Alcoholics Anonymous Lesbian/gay fellowships 964-3962. 
□Gaycare Toronto, c/o Christos MCC. Box 1 193. Stn F. M4Y 2T8. 
243-5494, 7-11 pm seven days a week Free face-to-face drop-in 
counselling service in the downtown area Group sessions 
.Gay Counselling Centre ot Toronto. 105 Carlton St. 4th floor. 
M5B 1M2 977-2153 Tues. Wed, Thurs, 6 30-9 30 pm Professional 
counselling for lesbians and gay men. Call for appt or drop in. 
□Gay Fathers of Toronto. Phoneline 364-4164, 7-10 pm, Mon-Fri. 
□Gay Men's Discussion Groups. Sponsored by U of T Sex Ed Centre 
978-3977 

□Hassle-Free Clinic - Men. 556 Church St. 2nd floor. M4Y 2E3 
922-0603. VD info, testing and treatment Hours: Mon. Wed, 4-9 
pm, Tues. Thurs, 10 am-3 pm: Fn. 4-7 pm: Sat. 10 am-2 pm Bath 
clinics every Wed evening at The Club and Roman's 
□lesbian Phoneline. Box 70. Sin F. M4Y 2L4. 960-3249 Tues 
7.30-10 30 pm Recorded message other times. Speakers available 
□Sex Ed Centre, c/o U of T Office of Admissions, 315 Bloor St W, 
Room 107, M5S 1A3 Devonshire and Bloor Sts. behind Admissions 
Bldg 978-3977 Sex counselling tor U of T campus Gay counsellors 
every Tues. lOam-9 pm 

□Toronto Area Gays. Box 6706 Stn A. M5W 1X5 964-6600. Free 
peer counselling and into for lesbians and gay men Mon-Fri: 7 
pm-10pm 

□Tri-Aid Charitable Foundation. 8 Irwin Ave. M4Y 1 K9 Gay youth, 
streetwork. parkwatch, public education, agency consultations 



□Association of Gay Social Workers, c/o 906-55 Isabella St. 

M4Y 1M8 Social work students also welcome. 

□Gays in Health Care. Box 7086, Stn A. M5W 1X7 920-1882 



Gay men and lesbians working and training in health-care delivery 
and research. 

□Toronto Lambda Business Council. Box 513. Adelaide St Stn. 
M5C 2J6. Non-profit guild with over 70 members, publishes direc- 
tory twice a year 



□Cabbagetown Group Softball League. Box 1113. Stn F, 

M4Y2T8. 

□Judy Garland Memorial Bowling League. Info bulletin boards in 

bars, or write c/o TSA (below) Sept-May season (Mon and Thurs 

evenings), also summer league 

□Not-so Amazon Softball League. All-lesbian recreation league 

forming this spring. Info: 967-7440 or 466-9341 . 

□Out and Out Club. Box 331 . Stn F. M4Y 2L7. 927-0970 Outdoor 

activities for gay people Include phone number. 

□Pool Bar League. Info al most bars, or write c/o TSA 

□Riverdale Curling League. Write c/o TSA 

□Riverdale Volleyball League. Sept-April season Info at Crow Bar, 

Buddy's and Albany Tavern, or write c/o TSA. 

□Rotators Curling League. Write c/o TSA. 

□Silukis. All-lesbian Softball team. Box 6597, Stn A, M5W 1X4. 

964-7477. 

□Toronto Historical Bowling Society. Sept-May seasonjues, Wed. 

Fri and Sat evenings, and Sun afternoon Also summer league 

Info: 423-5955, or write 100-2 Bloor St W, M4W 3E2. 

□Toronto Sports Alliance (TSA). Box 1113, Stn F, M4Y2T8 

□Womyn Out Doors (WOODS). Women-identified women sharing 

outdoor skills and experiences Outings, workshops and trips Box 

462, Stn P. M5S 2S9. 

RELIGIOUS 

□Christos Metropolitan Community Church, Box 1193, Stn F 
M4Y 2T8. 968-7423. Christian church with special outreach to gay 
community, working in association with Gaycare Toronto. 
□Chutzpah. See Social/political action listings. 




o 



nJ^l 



579 Yonge, Toronto (416) 967-4666 



□Dignity/Toronto. Box 249, Stn E. M6H 4E2 960-3997 Group for 
gay and lesbian Catholics and friends 
□Integrity/Toronto. Box 873, Stn F. M4Y 2N9. Pastoral ministry 
for gay and lesbian Anglicans and friends 593-6217 Chaplains 
available for pastoral counselling through Ihis number. 
□Lutherans Concerned, c/o Edward Schlauch, 980 Broadview 
Ave. Apt 2309, M4K 3Y1 463-7354 (David or James) Support 
and fellowship tor gay and lesbian Lutherans and their friends 
□Metropolitan Community Church. 730 Bathurst St. M5S 2R4. 
536-2848. Christian church with special ministry to gay 
community. 

□The Sacred Triangle. 72 Ivy Ave, M4L 2H7 463-9688. Lesbian 
and gay occultists and spiritualists 
□Seventh-Day Adventists Kinship International. For past and 
present gay and lesbian Adventists. c/o Jeremy Young. Box 408. 
StnC. M6J 3P5. 

□Spirit. 730 Bathurst St, M5S 2R4. 248-1733 or 482-1817 Sup- 
port group for gay and lesbian Salvationists and friends. 
□Toronto Organization of United Church Homosexuals. Box 626, 
StnQ, M4T 1L0. 

NUN OF THE ABOVE 

□The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Drawer OPI, c/oBox 7289, 
Stn A. M5W 1X9 

PUBLICATIONS 
& INFORMATION 

□Bisexuals International (Philadelphia). (215) 425-3894 
□The Body Politic. Box 7289. Stn A. M5W 1X9 364-6320 
National lesbian and gay monthly. 

□Canadian Gay Archives. Box 639. Stn A, M5W 1G2. 364-2759. 
□Gay Community Calendar. Call 923-GAYS (923-4297). Box 8, 
Adelaide St Stn, M5C 2H8. 24 hour recorded message of weekly 
events. To get info listed call 656-0372 between 7-10 pm Mondays. 
□Gayllne West. 453-GGCO. Community into for Mississauga and 
parts west of Metro. 

□Glad Day Bookshop. 648A Yonge St. 2nd floor. M5Y 2A6. 
961-4161 . Mon 10-8; Tue-Wed 10-6; Thurs-Fri 10-9; Sat 10-6. 
□Grapevine, Box 38, Stn E, M6H 4E1 Lesbian Mothers' Defense 
Fund newsletter. 2-3 issues/year. 
□Lesbian Archives. Box 928. Stn Q. M4T 2P1 . 
□Lesblan/Lesbienne. National newsletter, 367-0589 (Kerry). 
□Metamorphosis. Box 5963. StnA. M5W 1P4. Newsletter tor 
transsexuals. 

□North American Transvestite-Transsexual Contact Service 
(Seattle). "250 Canadian members." (206) 624-8266 (24 hrs) 
□Rites. Magazine for lesbian and gay liberation. Box 65. Stn F, 
M4Y 2L4. 

□Sound Women, c/o Ryerson Women's Centre, SURPI, 380 Vic- 
toria St, M5B 1W7. Ryerson women's radio show collective. Les- 
bian and feminist music, interviews and announcements. Sundays 
al noon. CKLN-FM88.1. To place announcements, call 598-9838 
□Toronto Women's Bookstore. 73 Harbord St, M5S 1G4. 
922-8744 

I 'The Web. 821-1416 Free monthly newsletter of women's 
events. Available at SCM Bookstore. 519 Church St Community 
Centre. Cameo, Together, Toronto Rape Crisis Centre, or MCC. 



WOMEN'S 



The following is a select list ol women 's services in Toronto of par- 
ticular interest to lesbians. 

□Broadside. Box 494, Stn P, M5S 2T1. 598-3513 Monthly fem- 
inist newspaper Substantial contributions by lesbians. 
□Constance Hamilton Housing Co-op. For women only 523 Melita 
Cres, M6G 3X9. 532-8860. 

□Fireweed. Box 279. Stn B, M5T 2W2 977-8681 Feminist quar- 
terly of politics and the arts 

□Hassle-Free Clinic — Women. 556 Church St, second floor, 
M4Y 2E3. 922-0566, Free medical clinic. Birth control and gyne- 
cological info. VD and pregnancy testing, abortion counselling and 
referrals. Hours; Mon. Wed. Fri. 10 am-3 pm, Tues. Thur. 4 pm- 
9 pm. Call ahead. 

International Women's Day Committee Box 70, Stn F. M4Y 2L4 
789-4541 Independent socialist feminist organization 
□Jessie's Centre for Teenage Women. 154 Bathurst St. M5V 2R3 
365-1888 Multi-service agency. Lesbian-positive 
□Macphail House. 389 Church St. M5B 2A1 977-1037 Long- 
term YWCA residence for women 16-25. Shared co-op apartments 
□Nellie's Hostel for Women. 275A Broadview Ave. M4M 2G8. 
461-1084 Temporary hostel for women 16 and over, including 
mothers with children 

□Sistering. Drop-in centre for transient women Counselling and 
referrals for housing, doctors, social agencies, etc. Free coffee and 
lunch in a non-threatening, supportive atmosphere. Mon-Fri, 8 
am-4 pm. Scadding Court Community Centre. 707 Dundas W (at 
Bathurst). 366-0001 

I IStop 86. 86 Madison Ave, M5R 2S4 922-3271 , Crisis housing 
and social service centre for women under 25. 
□Times Change Women's Employment Centre. 22 Davisville Ave, 
M4S 1 E8. 487-2807 9-5 Mon-Thurs, 9-2 Fri. Employment coun- 
selling, job search and career planning workshops 
I IToronto Addicted Women's Sell-Help Network. Suite 202, Box 
2213, Stn P.M5S2T2 Phoneline: 961-7319 Self-help group for 
women addicted lo alcohol and other drugs Weekly meetings. 
□Toronto Area Caucus of Women and the Law. Box 231, Sin B, 
M5T 2T2. 

□Toronto Differently Abled Women's Accessibility Committee 
929-9327 (weekday mornings). 

□Toronto Rape Crisis Centre. Box 6597. Stn A. M5W 1X4 Crisis 
line 964-8080 Business line 964-7477 Info, self-defence 
courses 

i Toronto Women's Housing Co-op. Coming soon Info 921-4755. 
' U ol T Women's Newsmagazine. For feminists on and off cam- 
pus. 44 St George St. 2nd fir, M5S 2E4 Info Brenda 534-4021 
I Women in Trades, c/o Times Change, 22 Davisville St, 
M4S 1E8 534-1 161. 

Women's Counselling, Relerral and Education Centre. 348 Col- 
lege St. M5T 1S4 924-0766 Therapy, counselling, info 

Women's Independent Thoughtz (WITZ). Group for exchange ot 
ideas and creative endeavours 768-9496 or 536-3162. 

Women's Media Alliance, c/o 940 Queen St E, M4M U7 Phyllis 
Waugh, 466-8840 

Women's Resource Centre. OISE. 252 Bloor St W. M5S 1V6 
923-6641 , Ext 244 Books, periodicals, audio & video tapes 

Womenspons. Women's sports store. 561 Mt Pleasant Rd (sol 
Eglinton) 481-2531 

Womynly Way Productions 427 Bloor St W. M5S 1X7 
925-6568. Company bringing concerts, dance and theatrical per- 
formances to the city 



30 3 THE BODY POLITIC □ JULY/AUGUST 1984 




Batman and Robin 
lived together. Wonder 
Woman was an Amazon's 
Amazon. But comic-book 
superheroes never, never 
had sex — especially gay sex. 
At least not until now, that is. 



COMING OUT IN THE 




A gay tour through four-colour f antasyland, by Brad Fraser 



o 



7 hey have been with us now for 
more than fifty years. They 
have played some part, no 
matter how minor, in the 
childhood of most every per- 
son raised in North America. They have 
been maligned as tools of the devil, and 
praised as effective educational aids. They 
have been called disposable junk and se- 
lected as the quintessential example of 
twentieth-century Pop Art. They've been 
burned, banned and stored in climate-con- 
trolled vaults to prevent their deteriora- 
tion . They've been used as toilet paper and 
displayed in some of the most prestigious 
museums across the continent. 
They are comic books. 
They are as integrated into our culture as 
television and public transit. And, like 
many of the popular media over the past 
decade, comic books seem to have recently 
discovered the term homosexual. After 
making inroads into the theatre, movies 
and television, gay life has finally attacked 
that last bastion of heterosexual myth- 
making, the comic book! 

Comic books as we know them began in 
June 1938 with the first issue of Action 
comics and the introduction of Superman. 
There had been earlier attempts, but Ac- 
tion comics Number One was the first pub- 
lication to exploit the new format , and it set 
the precedent for all comic books. With 
Superman and the other characters who 
followed in his successful footsteps, the art 
of graphic storytelling was born and, at a 
nickel or ten cents a shot, it wasn't long be- 
fore comic books became one of the most 
lucrative ventures in the magazine publish- 
ing business. Other publishers followed 
suit and in a few short years, the market 
exploded. 

The years from 1938 to 1950 are known 
as the Golden Age of comics. Superman 
became the pattern for almost all super- 
hero comics ever published. Over the years 
his popularity has waxed and waned, but 
he has always held on, while such worthies 
as The Green Lantern, The Flash, Plastic 
Man, The Human Torch, Captain Marvel 



(and his entire family: Captain Marvel 
Junior, Mary Marvel and Marvel Bunny), 
Captain America and Bulletman rose to 
the heights of best-sellerdom, only to fall 
from favour. Likewise, we have lost, per- 
haps with few regrets, such dubious pro- 
tectors of mankind and the American way 
as The Green Lama, Spy Smasher, The 
Sandman, The Whizzer (who got his super 
powers through a transfusion of mon- 
goose blood), the Red Bee and Phantom 
Lady. 

But, whether they were inspired or ludi- 
crous, all of these superheroes had their 
day. They fought crime, saved the world 
and protected their fellow man. One thing 
they never did, though, was have sex. 
None. Not ever. Sex in comics was a com- 
plete no-no. 




There was one man, however, who 
thought the early comics were cover-to- 
cover sleaze. 

In 1954, Dr Frederic Wertham's book 
The Seduction of the Innocent was releas- 
ed. All hell broke loose. 

Wertham's strident and rather hysterical 
book expounded endlessly on how comics 
endangered America's youth, and claimed 
that comics could be tied directly to the 
problem of juvenile delinquency. Sudden- 
ly, it became clear to an entire generation 
of middle-aged, middle-class parents just 
why their children were so radically differ- 
ent from them. It wasn't the atomic threat, 
it wasn't the Russians, it wasn't the movies, 
television or the educational system. It was 
comic books. Senate hearings were called. 
Wertham described in graphic detail how 
comics wallowed in crime, gore and gener- 
al bad taste — as we all know, America was 
obsessed with bad taste in the Fifties. 
Then, once he was sure he had the country 
watching, he pulled his ultimate trump 
card, guaranteed to give him everyone's 
undivided attention. Sex. 

Yes. Sex. Wertham claimed to have 
found evidence of bondage, sadism, maso- 
chism and (gasp!) homosexuality in chil- 
dren's comic books. 

Today, The Seduction of the Innocent 
and the furor it created seem laughable. 
But the shock and outrage it provoked then 
were very real . Particularly when Wertham 
raised his accusing finger, pointed it at Bat- 
man and Robin — those paragons of cama- 
raderie and fair play — and accused them 
of being homosexuals! 

Wertham charged that because Batman 
and Robin shared the same quarters (state- 
ly Wayne Manor, mind you, not a one-bed- 
room fiat in Soho), were shown occasion- 
ally lounging about in housecoats and 
seemed to enjoy one another's company 
more than women's, they had to be a gay 
couple. 

Wertham strengthened his case by find- 
ing an actual homosexual to testify that he 
would have been quite happy to trade 
places with cither of the Dynamic Duo. To 



THE BODY POLITIC U JULY /AUGUST 1984 □ 31 



Behind closed 
doors at stately 
Wayne Manor 

Right, in an episode from 1943, 
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to bed as Bruce Wayne and 
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most people at the hearings, this was 
proof-positive of the doctor's libelous 
charges. I wouldn't dream of questioning 
the mental state of the poor fellow coerced 
into making such a statement publicly, but 
I would like to go on record as saying, were 
it remotely feasible, I too would be quite 
willing to switch places with either Batman 
or Robin. The jawline alone would be 
worth the switch — to say nothing of own- 
ing stately Wayne Manor, being able to 
swing about the rooftops of Gotham City 
on a silken rope, and being the idol of 
millions. 

Not content with slandering Bats and the 
Boy Wonder, Wertham turned his homo- 
phobic theories on none other than every- 
body's favourite eagle-breasted Amazon, 
Wonder Woman. Not only was Wonder 
Woman a lesbian because she hailed from a 
magical isle on which no man could set 
foot, she was also a sadist because she and 
her equally Amazonian sisters slugged vil- 
lains who were men. They also slugged vil- 
lains who were women. One can only guess 
what that made them. This time Wertham 
didn't bother to call a lesbian to testify that 
she would gladly trade places with Wonder 
Woman. He didn't have to. Wertham had 
done his job. 

All that talk of sex and juvenile delin- 
quency had reached eager ears. Comics 
suffered a crippling blow when, in late 
1954, the few companies actually left in 
business banded together to protect their 
livelihood by proclaiming what was to be 
known as "The Comics Code." 

The Comics Code put a quick end to the 
so-called "Golden Age" of comics, and 
rushed in a period of such homogenization 
and silliness that it's remarkable they man- 
aged to survive at all. The Code's stringent 
rules required that no sympathy could be 
created for a criminal, that policemen 
should always be shown in a manner that 
would create respect for authority, that no 
scenes of lust, sadism or masochism could 
be shown, that vulgarity and symbols with 
undesirable meanings should be avoided. 
Nudity, indecent or undue exposure or illi- 
cit sex could not be hinted at, stories were 
never to stimulate the lower or baser emo- 
tions and, finally, sexual perversion was 
strictly forbidden. Gone in an instant were 
all the innocent kinkiness and quasi-real- 
ism that had made the comics so much fun. 
Superheroes flew off into space where the 
parameters of crime were not so clearly de- 
fined — how can you arrest someone for 
wanting to conquer the earth? But no- 
where was the impact of the Code more 
blatantly felt that in the life of the former 
creature of the night, Batman. 

No longer were Batman and Robin the 
carefree, misogynist bachelors they had 
once been. They were immediately saddled 
with enough female company to reassure 
even the most homophobic reader. The Bat- 
woman, a former circus performer with a 
crush on Batman, was introduced. And, 
just to balance things out nicely, her niece 
adopted the guise of the green-and-red- 
clad Batgirl. Together they drove the dy- 
namic duo to distraction by butting in on 
their most important cases and demanding 
kisses for their uninvited aid . Even the but- 
ler Alfred was written out of the strip for a 
time, and replaced by Bruce Wayne's in- 
sufferably wholesome Aunt Agatha. Al- 
though it was never shown, it certainly isn't 
difficult to imagine this wizened busybody 
standing guard outside the bedroom doors 
to quell any unnatural hanky-panky that 
the caped crusaders might be tempted to in- 
dulge in after a hard night of beating on the 
Joker. Finally, to complete this picture of 
domestic bliss, Ace the Bathound found 
his way into the strip — and the once fear- 
some Batman found himself in Father 
Knows Best. 

Comics may have continued in this vein 
indefinitely if it hadn't been for an innova- 
tive young publisher by the name of Stan 
Lee. Already a veteran writer of comic 



32 □ THE BODY POLITIC □ JULY /AUGUST 1984 



stories in 1961, Lee took over as publisher 
for the second-rate Timely line, changed 
the company's name to Marvel Comics, 
created the Fantastic Four and Spiderman 
— and set in motion the wheels of a revolu- 
tion that would set the Code-haunted in- 
dustry on its ear. 

^^F ee's Fantastic Four were the 
JM closest thing to thinking, feel- 
f ~ ing human beings ever seen in 
^|^^^^ four-colour pages. TTiis hu- 
^^^^^^ manizationofthe hero became 
the trademark of the Marvel line. Heroes 
like Thor, Daredevil, the newly revamped 
Captain America, the X-Men and Doctor 
Strange fought, laughed, loved, felt hap- 
py, sad and lonely just like real people. 
And for the first time in their history, comic 
books were suddenly being taken seriously 
as something more than adventure fanta- 
sies aimed at children. College students 
were buying the books, the artwork was be- 
ing displayed in museums and Stan Lee was 
doing university lecture tours. Comic- 
book readers were becoming more de- 
manding and outspoken, and the heroes 
were growing up. Sue Richards (AKA The 
Invisible Girl, wife of the Fantastic Four's 
leader, the appropriately named Mr Fan- 
tastic) became pregnant . In one precedent- 
setting story, Spiderman encountered a kid 
s. strung out on hard drugs. One of the most 
| strictly enforced rules of the Code was a 
a ban on mentioning drugs in any way. Mar- 
| vel released the book without the approval 
% of the Comics Code — the first time a maj- 
| or company had attempted such a move in 
5 more than fifteen years. Amazingly 
•a enough, the distributors picked up the 
1 book and sold it. The Code had begun to 
z lose its power. 

£ Sex, too, began to appear in comics 
- again in the late Sixties — most obviously 
§ with the female characters. Breasts and 
© hips were expanding by the month. The 
•= squeaky-clean, fey stereotype was being 
| replaced by the buxom, sultry stereotype. 
8 Nick Fury, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (a James 
J Bond clone), was shown eating breakfast 
| with his main squeeze, Val. The implica- 
i tion was obvious. She had been there all 
| night. 

| Despite all this new-found freedom, 
t there was one subject the comic publishers, 
writers and artists still wouldn't touch. 
You've got it. Homosexuality! It may have 
been fine to intimate that Nick Fury was 
chucking it to Val, even to imply that Su- 
perman's relationship with the now-liber- 
ated Lois Lane was something more than 
platonic, but the love that dare not sp'eak 
its name was still poison. The only vaguely 
gay characters in the Sixties and early 
Seventies are extremely dubious cases. The 
first is the insidious Star Saxon. Saxon 
spent a few issues of Daredevil tormenting 
our blind hero and, quite honestly, if there 
was anything remotely gay about him I 
didn't see it. It wasn't until some years 
later, in fact, that the question of Saxon's 
sexuality came up. The character's crea- 
tor, Barry Smith, claimed that he had con- 
ceived and attempted to illustrate Saxon as 
a homosexual, but admits it didn't work 
very well. It may have been for the best. If 
I there's one thing we don't need, it's anoth- 
o er villain who is a homosexual by implica- 
tion. The other maybe-he-is-maybe-he- 
5 isn't character was a villain called Scorpio, 
f Scorpio had been flitting about the Marvel 
universe for years, but his identity and 
disposition had never been explored until 
§ he returned to the pages of The Defenders 
§■ in the mid-Seventies. In these stories, Scor- 
g pio passes time listening to old Judy 
Garland records and lamenting how cruel- 
| ly the world had treated poor Dorothy 
8 when she was alive. Some might call this 
slim evidence — but I defy them to find a 
Judy record in the collections of any of 
| their straight male friends. 

During the Seventies, comic-book char- 



acters continued to evolve, and over the 
last few years we have seen, if not a prolif- 
eration, at least a healthy smattering of gay 
characters. 

As usual, Marvel was the company to 
open the door, though in most cases it's all 
very subtle. Things have come a long way 
since Daredevil Number 96, in which the 
deranged villain, Bullseye, kidnaps a pair 
of most unattractive young men in a dark- 
ened movie theatre. The Maltese Falcon is 
playing and we are subjected to panel after 
panel of our two nebbish friends discuss- 
ing, in awed tones, the performances of 
Bogart and Askor. The conversation is not 
overtly gay, but the underlying feeling is 
most definitely academic New York fag- 
got. Suddenly the deranged Evil Person 
bursts into the theatre, knocks off half the 
patrons and takes our two Serious Film 
People hostage. He forces them to take 
him to "their" apartment . They even say it 
— "It... it's our apartment. That's all." 
And judging from its tiny size, it's not dif- 
ficult to conclude that the place does not 
have a second bedroom. Frank Miller, the 
artist /writer who created this story, did a 
very successful run of The Daredevil series 
in which he explored the seamier side of 
New York City. In another issue, Miller 
took his hero into a leather bar filled with 
smoke, makeshift tables and sweaty, half- 
dressed bodies. It seems the perfect arche- 
type of the gay leather bar. Though there 
are women present, and the story concerns 
a heterosexual rapist in a brown leather 
bondage mask, the atmosphere is very 
much as in the film Cruising. 

Another series in the Marvel line de- 
serves mention, not because of gay charac- 
ters, but because of its strong gay themes. 
It's called The Uncanny X-Men and con- 
cerns a group of superpowered young peo- 
ple who are shunned and feared by man- 
kind because they are mutants with powers 
which usually manifest themselves (just 
like sexuality) around puberty. Although 
there is usually nothing frightening or 
threatening about these powers, mutants 
are hated by their non-mutant brothers. 
The X-Men transcends the usual adventure 
comic because it constantly deals with 
alienation and loneliness, of being differ- 
ent from everyone else even though you 
look the same. Again, the implications 
should be obvious. Writers of the series 
have even gone so far as to deal with a story 
everyone of us should be familiar with . The 
Oh-my-god-how-am-I-going-to-tell-my- 
parents-I'm-not-what-they-think-I-am 
story. Mutants, like many young homo- 
sexuals, have to go through the pain, inde- 
cision and possible heartbreak of having to 
come out of their genetically altered closet . 
In a fan interview, Chris Claremont, the 
writer of the series for the last ten years, 
said that fan mail seems to indicate the 
X-Men have a large gay following. It's not 
surprising. 

But the most successful and interesting 
of Marvel's gay characters is found, sur- 
prisingly enough, in the life of one of the 
comic's oldest and most conservative su- 
perheroes — none other than that eternal 
Sentinel of Liberty, the red-white-and- 
blue-clad Captain America. After disap- 
pearing into comic-book limbo in the mid- 
Fifties, Captain America was revived by 
Marvel in theearly Sixties. The strip always 
had a liberal tone, although Captain Am- 
erica remained the America-love-it-or- 
leave-it type he had always been. But 
through the Sixties and Seventies all kinds 
of maligned minorities were saved from in- 
justice and prejudice by the good captain. 
For a time he even took on a black partner. 
So it wasn't surprising to Cap's fans when a 
gay character was introduced. And, unlike 
other gay characters in the comics. Cap's 
friend Arnie is not a villain, a mutant or 
comedy relief. He's just a middle-aged 
man trying to do the best he can with what 
the world has to offer. Wc first meet Arnic 
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when evil Baron Zemo strikes out at Cap- 
tain America by attacking his friends. Ar- 
nie and Michael are kidnapped, Cap at- 
tempts to save them and Michael is killed. 
Arnie, beside himself with grief, lashes out 
at Captain America, whines and then 
faints. Hardly heroic behaviour. But how 
would you react if your lover were killed by 
a mutated man-rat named Vermin? 

That's not the end of it, however. In the 
thick of battle Arnie redeems himself by re- 
viving and helping Captain America defeat 
the villains. The funeral follows, and Arnie 
proves himself astrong and resourceful hu- 
man being. Even though he and Michael 
had been together since World War Two, 
Arnie resolves not to let his grief consume 
him, allowing the memory of what he and 
his "roommate" shared to carry him for- 
ward. For a time Arnie disappeared from 
the strip, but has recently been shown 
coping with life alone. In a recent issue, 
Captain America, his ex-partner the Fal- 
con and his new partner Nomad pay Arnie 
a late-night visit. Arnie speaks of the trou- 
ble he is still having coping with Michael's 
death. Later on, as Cap and Nomad are 
leaping over the rooftops of Manhattan, 
Nomad remarks, ' ' I tell you, I feel kinda. . . 
sorry for Arnie." Cap says, "He doesn't 
need pity, Jack. But he does need friends. 
He's a very frightened and very lonely 
man." Nomad asks, "What... else is he?" 
Cap says, "What do you mean?" Nomad 
replies, "Well... the way he talks about 
that Michael you'd think..." Unfortun- 
ately, the conversation is interrupted by a 
giant flying crow. It's obvious that Arnie 
has rejoined Captain America's cast of 
characters, and writer J M DeMatties 
should be applauded for his compassion- 
ate and sensitive portrayal of Arnie. 

D.C. Comics, the other major company, 
is, as usual, light years behind Marvel when 
it comes to realism and relevance. One has 
to search hard and long to find anything 
that appears gay in their comics . Of course, 
there's the odd relationship hinted at be- 
tween the man-hating Killer Frost and the 
Cheetah. But, as we all know, hatred of 
men does not necessarily a lesbian make — 
even though the two women stroke one an- 
other's faces and refer to each other as 
"Darling." 

Then there are two rather odd villains in 
the pages of The Vigilante. Henry and 
Marschall, when not doing hired killings, 
spend their time together holed up in sleazy 
hotel rooms saying things like "Henry 
m'love... we don't have to work for any- 
one else... we can take over their gangs. 
Just the two of us." "Marschall, I love it... 
I simply love it." 

Things are a little more positive in D . C. 's 
new limited maxi-series, Camelot 3000. A 
futuristic retelling of the King Arthur 
legends, Camelot 3000 has one of the most 
interesting plot twists I've ever encoun- 
tered in a comic book. Sir Tristan, lover of 
King Mark's wife, Isolde!, in the medieval 
legend, is reincarnated a; a woman. He is 
not happy about this. To make matters 
worse, his one true love from the good old 
days is also reincarnated, but still as a 
woman. Tristan curses his lost masculinity 
and his love for Isolde, but a confrontation 
finally occurs, climaxing in a very graphic- 
ally depicted kiss between the two women. 
Tristan races from the apartment in tears, 
saying, "No! I love you... and I will love 
you... But not like this! f Apparently, in 
the year 3000 lesbian love is as radical an 
issue as it is for many people now. What a 
shame. One would like to think by then 
that we would have made a little progress. 

If the major publishers are slightly reti- 
cent about gay issues, the new companies 
are doing better. Again, Marvel has taken 
the lead. Their Bizarre Adventures, an over- 
size black-and-white publication, contains 
' ' Daughters of the Dragon,' ' a story about 
a pair of female private investigators which 
plays with vampirism and lesbian erotica. 
Another piece has a vampire named Bob in 



full leather regalia walking his dog Joan 
down a dark street. Bob is quickly killed, 
and his spiked dog collar is sent to his lover, 
a very elegant vampire named Leopold. 
The final story in Bizarre Adventures fea- 
tures not one gay character but two, and a 
bisexual hero. What more could you ask 
for your dollar fifty? 

First Comics, a relatively new company, 
has also used its non-Code status to deal 
with gay characters — mostly in their 
humour /adventure /satire book, E-Man. 
In a very well-done satire of Marvel's 
X-Men series, E-Man comes up against the 
F-Men and their arch-foe Jason Right- 
guard — alias Masternose, manipulator of 
noxious smells and a preening, mincing 
queen. 

Eclipse Comics has introduced a pair of 
gay lovers in Sabre — two men who go un- 
der the names of Deuces Wild and Summer 
Ice. Deuces and Summer are treated in a 
very humane, non-stereotypical manner. 
Writer Don McGregor has also given sensi- 
tive treatment to a lesbian couple in his in- 
dependently sold graphic album, Detective 
Inc. 

In Justice Machine, Texas Comics may 
have set a precedent by creating the first- 
ever gay superhero. In the first issue, it is 
implied that the leader of the Justice Ma- 
chine (a band of superpowered beings 
fighting evil everywhere) may be in love 
with his fellow crime-buster, the impul- 
sive, hard-living Demon. Unfortunately, 
the truth will never be known as the neo- 
phyte publishing company went under be- 
fore another issue could be published. 



5o — good or bad — gays have 
entered the world of comic 
books. What's next? Will some- 
one at one of the major com- 
panies see the light and realize 
that, if one in ten people is gay, then the 
world of the superhero needs a representa- 
tive or two from a significant sector of the 
population? The Legion of Superheroes, 
for example, numbers upwards of twenty 
characters from all across the galaxy, and 
even though there are green-skinned char- 
acters, albino characters and grey charac- 
ters who look like rocks, there isn't one gay 
character. Is this because, in the year 2984, 
they have finally found a way to eliminate 
homosexuality — but not crime? Or be- 
cause old prejudices continue to exist de- 
spite all the other advances mankind seems 
to have made after a thousand years? Will 
the more popular titles push to include a 
gay character? Or — and the fan press 
seems concerned about this at the moment 
— will parents look at their children's fun- 
ny books and cry out in shock and horror at 
the sex and violence that permeates so 
much of the comic world today? 

Comic books are one of the most popu- 
lar forms of entertainment. While the 
movie industry, television and the theatre 
are scrambling to regain a portion of their 
former power, comics are undergoing a 
renaissance that is lifting them towards 
heights they haven't seen since the end of 
the last world war. With the current move 
toward the right and the wave of conserva- 
tism sweeping the continent, it should be 
very interesting to see where it all leads. □ 



Brad Fraser is a playwright whose works have 
been produced from coast to coast. He is also an 
avid comic-book fan, and is working on a future 
article about comics produced by and for gay 
people. 

Illustrations of Batman and Wonder Woman in 
this article are from Batman From the 30s to the 
70s, Bonanza Books, New York, 197 I; and from 
The Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes, Vol- 
ume 1 — Batman, and Volume 2 — Wonder 
Woman, -both by Michael L Fleisher, Collier 
Books, New York, 1976. 



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34 □ THE BODY POLITIC □ JULY /AUGUST 1984 



DELIBERATIONS 

Brian Mossop on privacy, pleasure and fraternity 

Dancing by yourself 



//|| t's raining men," the loud- 
■■II speakers proclaimed, and I de- 
I cided to go out on the dance- 
I floor and get wet. I began near 
I a group of men I knew, but 
then I floated off alone. Yet I didn't feel 
lonely. Instead, I had a sense of dancing 
with everyone on the floor. 

This brief revelation of a dance floor 
as five hundred men dancing with all the 
others, rather than two hundred fifty 
isolated couples, is for me an image of 
what gay liberation is all about: an 
image of fraternity. 

Remember the motto of the French 
Revolution: liberty, equality, fraternity? 
For two hundred years now, people have 
been fighting and dying for liberty and 
equality. But when did you last hear a 
ringing call for fraternity? The word 
pops up occasionally but, like the Third 
Person of the Trinity, not much is ever 
said about it. In present-day English, 
many of its common uses have unpleas- 
ant associations: college fraternities; 
fraternizing with the enemy. The words 
"brotherhood" and "sisterhood" are 
used instead, to express the idea that we 
should act towards other human beings 
as if they were members of our own 
family. 

I've never liked the habit, widespread 
in a variety of social movements includ- 
ing the gay movement, of addressing 
people at meetings as "brothers and sis- 
ters," and I don't think it's just because 
I was an only child. For once you define 
the French revolutionaries' ideal of 
universal fellowship in family terms (the 
"brotherhood of man" or "sisterhood 
is powerful"), a problem arises: the very 
nature of family life contradicts the 
ideal. 

Aside from the fact that relations be- 
tween siblings can be quite nasty, the 
problem is that a family is just me plus 
you and perhaps a few relatives. Around 
this nucleus, electron-like, some friends 
may circulate, but everyone else is ex- 
cluded. Everyone else is a stranger. And 
remember what your mother told you 
about strangers: don't talk to them. 
Strangers are "them," the enemy against 
which the fortress of our family has been 
built. If there were no excluded stran- 
gers, there would be no family, so it 
makes no sense to say we should treat 
strangers as "brothers and sisters." 

It's not hard to see why people build 
domestic fortresses. The public world of 
corporations, bureaucracies and shop- 
ping centres, an uneasy world filled with 
rumours of war, is a dreary and often 
frightening place. The trouble is, the 
more people retreat to private and 
domestic pursuits, the more the public 
world deteriorates into a mean-minded 
struggle for competitive advantage, and 
the less we have any sense of even local 
community, never mind universal fel- 
lowship. If we want fellowship, if we 
want fraternity, then we must play down 
the cult of private home life. We must 
"come out" into the public world and 
transform it. 

• 
Though he or she may later become 
other things, the stranger is at first a sex- 
ual figure. Sex: that is the centrifugal 
force that pulls us outward from the lit- 
tle circle of those we know to embrace 




others. Sex: wrecker of domestic for- 
tresses, builder of community. I think of 
those wonderful lines of Frederich 
Schiller's Ode to Joy, written four years 
before the French Revolution began: 
Let me wrap you round with this embrace, 

you millions, 
This kiss I give 
to the entire world. 

Of course, here in Southern Ontario, 
kissing the entire world would come 
under the heading of "anonymous, 
animal-like coupling with strangers." 
This is bad, according to the secularized 
Calvinist morality that still weighs like a 
nightmare on our minds and bodies in 
this part of the world. The ideal is to rise 
up out of the gutter and leave our animal 
natures behind (you know, sex is dirty 
unless redeemed by love, and all that). 

Condemnation of any sexual pleasure 
that is unredeemed by coupledom fits in- 
to the larger pattern of Anglo-Canadian 
politics, law and culture. Our society, 
remember, is not devoted to the pursuit 
of anything as frivolous as happiness. As 
Section 91 of the Constitution puts it, 
ours are the more sober goals of Peace, 
Order and Good Government. Sudden 
sex with strangers is simply not very 
orderly, and the Criminal Code stands 
ever-ready to suppress it. Peaceful 
domestic fortress-building is the Cana- 
dian way. This aspect of Anglo-Canadi- 
an life was on show a while ago at the 
Art Gallery of Ontario: the paintings of 
Nova Scotia artist Alex Colville are the 
perfect embodiment of Order (all those 
violent straight lines) and Peace (those 
remarkable portrayals of Colville and 
his wife in which the couple project a 
cold, silent passivity, as if they were 
corpses being prepared for the peace of 
the grave). 

Calvinist morality and the Cult of 
Peace and Order permeate Ontoryan so- 
ciety from left to right. The dour image 
of the NDP and of most Marxists is not 



just a media creation. From the way they 
talk about socialism, you'd never associ- 
ate it with hedonism and joy. And as for 
feminists, those who want to free 
women's sexuality are being drowned 
out these days by the anti-porn crusaders 
who, while supposedly combatting sex- 
ism, are in practice — whatever their in- 
tention — combatting sex. 

You might think that the gay move- 
ment would be a haven in the storm here, 
a place where sexual pleasure outside 
lover relationships would not be treated 
as a cheap thrill. But no such luck. One 
letter writer in the October 1983 issue of 
The Body Politic solemnly informs us 
that "promiscuity reduces sex to the level 
of a mundane, meaningless experience 
that lessens the individual's feeling of 
self-worth." Another announces repen- 
tently that after five years of "countless 
men," he had discovered that "it had giv- 
en me practically nothing. . . of real value." 
"Without emotion," he intones from his 
pulpit, "an orgasm is an orgasm. Real 
emotion, not prefabricated, improves the 
quality of the act." Elsewhere he implies 
that the only "real" emotion is what he 
calls the "unconditional love" of an on- 
going relationship; presumably the feel- 
ings one has during an orgasm in the park 
are "prefabricated," whatever that 
means. Rounding out this dreary litany, a 
third epistle-writer exhorts us to discuss 
the difference between "libertinism" and 
"liberation." He does not offer any def- 
initions, however — a practice perhaps 
borrowed from the anti-porners, who are 
constantly invoking the distinction be- 
tween pornography (bad) and erotica 
(good) without telling us what it is. 

• 
To me, an orgasm in the park with a 
stranger is not "just an orgasm." It's an 
expression of fraternity. And 1 think the 
voices that have been promoting anti- 
fraternal, domestic values in the gay 
community (earlier in the name of re- 



spectability, now often in the disguise of 
pseudo-scientific warnings about AIDS) 
are unlikely to be successful. 

We gay people have traditionally been 
excluded from home life, and so we have 
created an alternate public life that 
values strangers. At one time, this may 
have been seen by most gays as second 
best, a poor substitute for domestic bliss 
and "just me and you" romance. But 
now it is increasingly an enjoyed way of 
living. There is a trend toward seeing 
lover relationships as important, but not 
the centrepiece of existence. And mon- 
ogamy is less and less seen as central to 
relationships, precisely because that 
would take each of the lovers away from 
the larger community (monogamy is 
theft, as my lover once put it). 

Gay men and lesbians, then, are the 
living incarnation of what traditional 
family life has excluded: sex for pleasure 
with strangers, and the fraternal, anti- 
romantic, public way of life that goes 
with it. I think this fact about us ac- 
counts for the animosity toward us of 
many heterosexuals, even some who sup- 
port gay rights. For the lives of most 
heterosexuals are still anchored in 
private domestic life. Except for a de- 
creasing number of traditionalists who 
fear the decline of life-long monogam- 
ous marriage with the woman at home, 
heterosexuals are not worried by the fact 
that we fail to marry a member of the 
opposite sex. At most, that makes us 
harmless eccentrics. What is worrying is 
not what we don 7 do, but what we do 
'instead. We make home life (with or 
without a lover, with or without chil- 
dren) secondary to public life. Our 
culture is not a cult of privacy, not a cult 
of couples. There's no such thing as a 
gay singles bar because we are all single. 
Lover relationships are transient (with 
exceptions like the one of the present 
writer, who will soon be celebrating his 
tenth anniversary). What is permanent 
are the public institutions: community 
groups, baths, bars. 

The centre of gay life is outside the 
home. However much we may try to re- 
treat into the home, the bars have a cons- 
tant fascination, even while we keep tell- 
ing each other how awful (indeed, unfra- 
ternal) they can be. They are fascinating 
because we know that they are where our 
identity is, or at any rate where it must be 
developed. You can be a homosexual at 
home, but you can't be gay there. 

• 
Beyond gay rights and sexual freedom, 
this is the prospect offered by gay libera- 
tion: a fraternal public life as the focus of 
our lives, and hence a commitment to 
make that public world better in all ways. 
This future we can now only glimpse, 
fleetingly and very imperfectly, in our 
existing gay communities. But it is a real 
potential, firmly grounded in the very 
way gay men and lesbians presently live. 

Let us not be tempted by the empty 
dream of private romance hidden aw. is 
from the world. Let us build a liveable 
public world of play and work, where \se 
can dance by ourselves yet not be alone. 
Let us proudly affirm the fraternal way. 
Let us proclaim it as the path to a hap 
pier life for our whole society. 
lirmn KtOSSOpiSO lor itnlo translator and 

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There was a bounce in my step — 
and a touch of trepidation, too — 
as I climbed the stairs to Toronto's 
A Space (a nice place, as galleries 
go) to check out "Eros West," one 
of a series of exhibitions mounted this 
past March under the banner "Alter /- 
Eros." Tension wasn't limited to the 
tingling in my knees, and it wasn't just 
anxiety about "Art" in a "Gallery" 
either. This was supposed to be art about 
sexuality and, while the world didn't 
equip me to talk about sex any better 
than I can talk about art, at least it com- 
pelled me to think a lot about sex. It 
wasn't so much that I was excited about 
the festival as that I wanted to be excited 
by it. 

This is the second year in a row femin- 
ist artists in Toronto joined forces to pro- 
duce a festival in the spring, but it's the 
first time anyone tried to focus such an 
event on erotica. This year's coalition . 
brought together Women's Culture 
Building, Pelican Players, Women's 
Media Alliance, A Space and Women's 
Perspective. The festival wasn't as well- 
publicized as it might have been, but 
there was a lot of anticipation in the air as 
the project unfolded. 

Pornography is a hot topic these days, 
and many feminist critics have urged us 
to try to distinguish "pornography" from 
"erotica" and to take control of the 
production of our own sexual images. 
"Alter/Eros" promised to be a great col- 
lective opportunity to do so. 

• 
I had reached the gallery. Was that blood- 
dripped doorway a cunt? Could that 
comical, leaning, tasseled upright be a 
cock? Oops. "Two verticals," the card on 
the wall said. Two other majestic "verti- 
cals" were nearby; by artist Betty Kaser, 
they were called "The ring goddess" and 
"Maidenhead." They were carefully 
draped folds of canvas in unliving colour. 
My body wasn't fooled, and I had to sup- 
press an urge to dance a little circle 
around these giant clits under a full 
moon. But verticals don't reciprocate: no 
stiffening (except what was there to begin 
with), no slime, no resonance. 

There was an almost-tit alternative to 
lean against, snuggle up to, suckle may- 
be. Joan Burutski called her huge, deli- 
cate mobile of dancing, weaving feathers 
in a gauzy white dome "Enchanted For- 
est." There it sat, a tempting refuge, but 
oh-so-pure and just out of reach. Maybe 
if I'd gone back when no one else was 
there.... "Passion's source" by Diana 
Braun-Woodbury was another clit. Or 
was it just a seashell's whorl, to match her 
other painting, "By the sea?" That one, 
as the title implies, was a view of a beach 
— albeit a still, calm and inviting one. 

There were would-be clits that seemed 
to have been formed from table napkins. 
Cute — the sort of thing I'd be thrilled to 
find on a neighbour's coffee table. But 
these were arranged on a wall with pears 
and napkin cones and called "In the pro- 
cess of knowing." (Am I in the wrong 
place? I don't want to know, I want to try 
to feel without having to think first. Is 
that too impossible a fantasy?) 

Some of the art in the gallery was just 
plain irritating. Elizabeth Phillmore's 
"The exhibitionist seeks the voyeur," for 
example, was a keyhole with a mirror on 
the other side. Some of it was spooky. 
Was Ana Palma dos Santos trying to 
make an appeal to the necrophiles in the 
crowd with her red box with three holes 
cut into it and herself lying inside? And 
some of it, like Cindy Deachmen's twist- 
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The feminist festival 

of erotica certainly wasn't pornographic 

— but was it sexy? Three assessments 

by women who went to take a look. 



The festival had a problem with 
names. One show was called "Eros 
East," another "Eros West," and 
several parts of it were called "Desire," 
including an installation and supermar- 
ket by Women's Perspectives. A super- 
market ? Would you believe a parody of 
the "novelty" shop: one cunt in a wine 
goblet and another in a Kleenex box; 
"Dreamhome," a doll-house being rav- 
ished by King Kong; a cat made out of a 
tampon; a perfect little vacuum clean- 
er/aspiration unit — the UterHoover; 
placemats and buttons with poetry on 
them — and a whole rack of cards that 
you could actually buy. 

The Women's Perspective's installation 
tried to maintain the same commitment 



to humour. It was dominated by the 
"Desire Freize," which covered three 
walls and was a collective effort that tried 
to hammer home the moral of our "com- 
mon story." It combined all the worst 
characteristics of the stereotype of "art 
by committee." The "Desire Bed," a 
rusting frame blanketed with shredded, 
pink and glittering silk and satin, was a 
study in disillusionment by Shawna 
Dempsey and Barbara Webb. Suzanne 
Kelly contributed two works, "Menstru- 
ating orchids" and "He cupped her 
breast," which were, I think, pokes at 
worn-out cliches. 

The Womens' Perspective collective 
"Menstrual Hut" and "The Goddess 
Closet" (Lynn Hutchinson-Brown) 



represented another theme common to 
the parts of the festival I saw: female 
spirituality as a substitute for sexuality. 
Who wouldn't like a cozy little blood- 
coloured womb to retreat to, with magic 
potions and a hot-water bottle, reading, 
writing and knitting materials, and even a 
ceiling made of tampons? Maybe in a cor- 
ner of the basement? I wasn't so sure I'd 
want to bring home the shrine, with its 
offerings of birds' nests, bones, lace and 
flowers. But what does any of this have to 
do with sex, love, lust or desire? 

"Was it art?" a friend asked. 

"It sure wasn't pornography," I 
assured her. 

"Then it must have been erotica." 

The festival left me in a stew: was it a 
search for an alternative eros, or for an 
alternative to eros? "Alternatives" were 
certainly not based on the experience of 
sexual minorities; there was little overt 
lesbian content, nothing that might quali- 
fy as "politically incorrect" sex. Actual- 
ly, there was little that was overt at all. 
Sexuality was presented only abstractly, 
symbolically or indirectly, and usually in 
political terms. How could a festival that 
failed to be explicit about sex work as 
erotica? What would have to change be- 
fore the festival artists would feel safe 
enough to be explicit? 

How is it that the imperative to separ- 
ate pornography from erotica has slipped 
by us without much critical examination? 
Everyone has read or heard at least one 
discussion of the different roots of the 
two words. Both are from the Greek; 
' 'pornography' ' means ' 'writing about 
harlots" while "erotica" is "that which 
concerns itself with sexual love." 

The rise of modern feminism roughly 
paralleled the increasing availability and 
sophistication of birth control, allowing 
for the potential disentangling of sex 
from reproduction. And it didn't take 
feminist thinkers long to begin question- 
ing our assumptions about the entangle- 
ment of sex and love. The movement re- 
jected pornography's mandate that men 
be active, selfish and independent; it 
questioned romanticism's demand that 
women be passive, selfless and depen- 
dent. If porn is about the domination of 
women through sex, then romantic love 
and its depictions are about women's in- 
ternalized oppression, which so effective- 
ly sustains that domination. How can the 
latter be posed as an alternative to the 
former? (After all, like sex, oppression is 
often that much "better" when you do it 
to yourself.) Is this the obstacle to our 
search for erotica? 

Nowadays, judges are convicting the 
makers and distributors of pornography 
on the grounds that porn degrades worn- 



A poor excuse 

Sonja Mills discovers 

what 's left of eroticism when 

the body isn *t there 



According to an article by Amanda Hale 
about the "Alter/Eros" Festival in the 
April issue of Broadside, the feminist 
review published in Toronto, "the current 
activity around the concept of female eros 
has grown out of the concern of a strong 
feminist movement with the damage done 
to women and children by pornography. 
Pornography is the extreme perversion of 
the pure spirit of the erotic, hence the 
hand-in-hand campaign to fight pornog- 
raphy and reclaim eros." 



Noble and worthwhile. 

"It is a quest, via painting, sculpture, 
theatre, poetry, music, and photography, 
to reclaim and assert our sexuality." 

Interesting. And indeed, a noble and 
worthwhile quest. 

I went to see all the festival art shows, 
and was disappointed. "Desire," the first 
show, was frightening. There were paint- 
ings of naked women with distorted faces 
(or no faces as all), hard and pointy (or 
no) tits, and ominous red vaginas swal- 
lowing everything in their paths. I didn't 
see desire, I saw rage. And it didn't turn 
me on. 

The second show, "Eros East," wasn't 
quite as scary. But I still didn't see an> 
thing I considered "eros," and it still 
didn't gel me wet. Neither did (he third 
show, "Eros West," though it was by lai 
the most interesting. I saw a box with a 
person inside and baby shoes encircling ■ 
statue of the Virgin Mary. 



The Broadside article admits the lack of 
"specific images dealing with female sex- 
ual desire," but it has an explanation: 
"The female body as an image, regardless 
of its context , has been so denigrated and 
objectified that the real person inhabiting 
the body is no longer there. In the absence 
of the person it is impossible to use the 
body in order to communicate something 
from the heart, i.e. something erotic.'' 

So, eros is within the heart of a person, 
and this person can't be shown as having 
a body because the image of the female 
body will be misconstrued as pornogra- 
phy. So remove the body and leave the 
person, and you arc left with something 
erotic. Is that right? Am 1 close? 

I agree thai "heart, mind and spirit" 
are important elements of eros, and that 
"sensation without feeling" is a terrible 
thing. So what has "Aha Bros" left us 
with? Baby shoes and the Virgin 
Man ... 



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THE BODY POLITIC TJ JULY /AUGUST 1984 L 37 




en. Why do the supreme patriarchs think 
porn is degrading? Because it isn't loving 
and romantic. And not many voices of 
protest — or even clarification — are be- 
ing raised by feminists. The woman de- 
picted in porn is condemned for betraying 
her sex by acting out the role of "whore." 
But the whore is only one side of a two- 
edged stereotype of women. The other 
side is the "madonna," the virtuous cate- 
gory for the majority of women who are 
kept in this, their place, by the threat of 
otherwise being labeled "whore." How is 
it that the woman who crusades against 
pornography is forgiven for the fact 
(when anyone actually notices it) that she 
lends credence to the more pristine role in 
this confining, either /or script? How is it 
we're told that one role is male-authored 
while the other is not? 

Sadly, the Alter /Eros Festival revealed 
that much feminist determination to ex- 
plore and reclaim the territory of sex has 
been dissipated. Neither feminism nor 
gay liberation has ever really tried to 
understand and appreciate the rebellious- 
ness of the self-declared pervert. The sex- 
hungry woman is such a pervert; what- 
ever her orientation, she leaves her pre- 
scribed role far behind. She has long been 
neglected in the rush to define and rede- 
fine female sexual potential. What does it 
mean when she decides to toy with the 
contradictions in her life by expressing 
herself as a slut, a dominatrix, someone 
who does it for money or for fun rather 
than to "nurture" or "express commit- 
ment"? Is the slut "colonized"? Aren't 
we all? And if getting beyond that coloni- 
zation means taking risks, then who has 
the better record in the risk-taking de- 
partment — the madonna or the whore? 

The festival included nothing so base as 
a direct appeal to the body — that would 
have been dangerous. The closest it came 
to taking risks was to flirt with the danger 
of ignoring them — like someone tread- 



ing the edge of a precipice with her eyes 
clamped shut. That's a good way to slip 
into risks accidentally — risks like sacri- 
ficing the bad girl whores so we can ap- 
peal to all the good girl madonnas out 
there, trying to convince them that we 
frightening "women's libbers" have been 
good girls all along; risks like reinforcing 
the modesty and shame that have so long 
deprived women of knowledge of — and 
power over — our own bodies; risks like 
elevating the nurturing, spiritual earth- 
mother /goddess to the standard against 
which all female sexuality and all feminist 
erotic art must be judged. 

Better to have one's eyes open. As 
Ellen Willis observed at the end of Diary 
of a Conference on Sexuality, "I believe 
that as the sexuality debate goes, so goes 
feminism. The tendency of some femin- 
ists to regard women purely as sexual vic- 
tims rather than sexual subjects, and to 
define the movement's goals as control- 
ling male sexuality rather than demanding 
women's freedom to lead active sexual 
lives reinforces women's oppression and 
plays into the hands of the new right. It is 
a deadened politics of despair. Feminism 
is a vision of active freedom, of fulfilled 
desires, or it is nothing." 

Maybe we haven't yet had time to cre- 
ate safe enough spaces in which to put 
our own bodies and sexual experiences on 
display, to give voice to the ways in which 
we see our bodies or the ways in which 
they are aroused. But we can't wait for 
that unspecified time — we can't build 
without trying to live today. We have to 
be brave enough to work with our own 
imperfect experiences and perceptions, 
trying to learn where they are deficient. 
We must refuse to be stopped by those 
factors not yet in our control. 

The risks worth taking intentionally, 
rather than by accident, are the ones that 
go with an unapologetic grab for 
freedom. Chris BearchellD 



From passion 
to theory 



38 □ THE BODY POLITIC □ JULY /AUGUST 1984 



A Festival diary 
by Jane Smith 



March 23: "Desire." Lucky me. I am 
contracted to light two performances 
pieces to be done at the "Alter/ Eros 
Desire Environment." I've been anx- 
ious to work on the festival since 
January, when it was outlined to me as 
a dive into the passions of women's 
sexuality — DESIRE! We'll see.... 
March 25: 1 read one of the scripts to- 
day, "A Play on Colours." Its idea of 
erotic exploration appeared to be 
humanizing the whore, modernizing 
the housewife and devirginizing a sexu- 
ally uptight journalist by having her 
dance in a spectrum of light. The play 
works well as a transitional element to 
the exploration of the erotic. What it 
needs is a good sister piece to follow; 
one that takes you beyond the dance 
and inside this woman's erotic self. 
April 4: Has the festival shunned 
(shamed?) eroticism from its face? 
What is exhibited is less an expose' of 
desire and desire stimuli and more a 
collage of female parts (sans erotique), 
functions, history and mythology. It's 
all relevant — no, related — to our 
gender, but not our sexuality, sexual 
nature and eroticism. There's even a 
lot of humour: A UterHoover for 
sucking out menstrual discharges 
(though I'd bet you'd spend five days 
recovering from such a trauma); a 
hooked rug of a breast concealed by a 
cup — complete with literary excerpts 



on cupping breasts — and a tamponed 
orchid, also hooked. I began to think 
that the humour was there to prevent a 
sensual contemplation of the erotic na- 
ture of menstrual blood, breasts and 
cunts. The most desire I experience was 
late tonight on the "Desire Bed," but it 
didn't have anything to do with the ex- 
hibition — or the bed, for that matter. 
April 11: The long awaited pajama 
party was tonight at the Environment. 
I walked in at about eleven o'clock to 
see about eight women sitting on pil- 
lows in PJs drinking beer and watching 
Zelig. It looks like they had fun, but it 
just wasn't desire. 

April 12: Phew, the anxiety's past — I 
really hate openings, especially for 
shows that I've worked on. The two 
pieces were well-performed and effec- 
tive as feminist pieces. In the jucier 
show, Breasts, Shawna Dempsey de- 
veloped a strong collage of images of 
breasts, societal reactions to them (in 
blunt confrontation) and women's 
relationships with them. It blended 
humour with sensuality and was the 
closest glimpse of desire or erotica that 
I've gotten at the festival. There was 
no shame, no excuses, and her open- 
ness was accentuated by encouraging 
discussion immediately after the show. 
April 15: Post mortem. After the fact, 
I'm still bet on the premise that 
"Alter/Eros" should be part of a 
multi-phase excavation of women's 
erotica. The presentations I've seen 
were interesting and innovative, but 
not erotic or orgasmic. I'm sure 
"Alter /Eros" — and reactions to it — 
will give its mother feminist arts com- 
munity some thought food. I just hope 
we'll use this freedom of expression to 
get beyond theory and history, valid as 
they are. D 



Ever since I got a review copy of 
the Spartacus travel guide, 
friends who are planning to go 
away this summer have been ask- 
ing if they can come over "just to 
have a look." During the same period of 
time I have also become aware that the 
gay publications I'm associated with 
find the guide useful because it lists com- 
munity organizations and describes laws 
and attitudes relating to homosexuality 
in virtually every country in the world. 
But for the last few years the Spartacus 
guide has been getting bad press in the 
international gay movement. Because 
the compilers rely on people sending in- 
formation in, the guide is occasionally 
unreliable or out of date. But this isn't 
the main problem. In fact, the guide em- 
bodies a whole series of contradictions 
that can be very instructive to explore. 

Huts in palm groves behind the beach 
can be hired for the night for a few ru- 
pees at Kovalum, India. But homosexu- 
ality is illegal in India and, according to 
the predominant Hindu religion, is a 
perverse vice introduced by foreigners. 
India is a crowded country and Spar- 
tacus advises visitors to be firm with the 
multitude of beggars. So, if my friends 
take a look at the world according to 
Spartacus, they find good-looking 
young men selling lobster lunches on the 
beach at Kovalum; but also some of the 
800 million people in the world who live 
in absolute poverty. What gives us the 
right just to glance at poverty and then 
glance away again? 

Still and all, even the most concerned 
person enjoys thumbing through the 
Spartacus guide. It's pointless to pre tend 
that this is not so. There is a kind of 
pleasure in having the world in a good 
book. In a long tradition of homosexual 
writing, other places are often the only 
imaginable free spaces. It starts with 
Corydon waiting "among the thick 
beeches with their shady summits" for 
Alexis to come shoot deer with him. Un- 
fortunately for Corydon, if you remem- 
ber the story, Alexis decided to stay 
home that year. There is an enjoyable 
kind of power in being able to choose to 
travel or to leave a country. People who 
live in poverty do not very often have the 
power to leave. 

There is also an anxiety about the 
world that makes us want to read and 
know more. Our lives are connected 
with others through complex and power- 
ful economic and political institutions. 
The world seems to press in on us: on the 
surface, we are controlled by news head- 
lines, protest marches, increased prices 
for raw materials. Behind this it's not 
difficult to see international power 
struggles, economic interests and net- 
works of influence that seem far beyond 
the influence of any one person. In the 
worst possible scenario, every life on this 
planet could be disasterously affected in 
a matter of minutes. We read with a kind 
of absorbed and concentrated interest: 
India is one of the states in the world 
that has manufactured and tested a nu- 
clear weapon. 

Actually, there is nothing about nucle- 
ar weapons in the Spartacus guide. I 
found that out from another handbook: 
the radical political World View 1984. It 
gives a perspective that makes an inter- 
esting comparison with the guide. I've 
also looked at the widely used Fodor's 
series of travel guides; they, like the 
Spartacus guide, don't make much 
direct reference to political issues. 
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prostitution has become a fundamental 
element of tourism in Asia. For 70 to 80 
percent of male tourists, that's the sole 
reason they choose a holiday there. (I 
wonder how they got that statistic.) 
Apart from this, US military bases in 
Asia bring with them the rest-and-recre- 
ation centres for GIs on leave. The two 
largest US overseas air and naval bases 
are in the Philippines. 

The Philippines has a very poor rec- 
ord in the area of basic human rights. 
The country is dominated by President 
Marcos, who controls the government 
by placing relatives and cronies in key 
economic, military and political posi- 
tions. Even though martial law was lift- 
ed in 1981, Marcos still retains enormous 
personal power. But according to 
Fodor's Southeast Asia 1984, "Nowhere 
is democratic politics played with such 
fire and passion," and the guidebook 
recommends a visit to the grounds of the 
presidential palace in Manila. Fodor's 
also recommends a visit to the presi- 
dent's summer home at Bagio. The in- 
ternational rip-off of the Philippines' 
sugar, agricultural products and miner- 
als "helps to finance industrialization." 
Nor is Fodor's above a little titillation. 
Most visitors will remark, we are told, 
"I didn't know there were so many pret- 
ty girls!" Male tribesmen in the north 
"wear tasseled G-strings and little else." 
But the worst thing in Fodor's is the triv- 
ialization of political power. The United 
States controlled the islands from 1898 
to 1946, and still maintains large military 
bases at Subic Bay and Clark. You have 
to look in World View 1984 to find that 
out, though. Fodor Aversion is that, 
"Almost from the beginning, the United 
States promised the Philippines indepen- 
dence." Indeed. 

In Spartacus, the point of a holiday to 
the Philippines is at least not a cheap 
binge of consumerism or awe at such 
blatant symbols of power as the presi- 
dential palace. Spartacus gives a guide to 
local gay meeting places. It also desci ibes 



local cultural traditions of bisexuality, 
often mainly for young men. The Spar- 
tacus guide always has to deal with state 
power, at least with regard to laws about 
homosexuality in different countries. 
The 1984 description of the Philippines 
does also mention the serious civil unrest 
which has increased since the assassina- 
tion last August of former Senator 
Benigno Aquino. 

Sexual tourism exists because of cultur- 
al differences which have survived into 
the 20th century in "underdeveloped" 
countries. And prices are lower in these 
countries because of an unequal world 
economy that if put right would mean a 
lower standard of living for virtually 
every Spartacus reader. Most of us bene- 
fit from living in economies that rip off 
the "underdeveloped" world. The Phil- 
ippines is a poor country by our stan- 
dards, and tourist dollars are badly 
needed. Fodor's suggests that in the 
poorer northern regions gifts of matches 
and salt will be most acceptable. 

John Stamford, the compiler of the 
Spartacus guide, has written on several 
occasions about some of the problems of 
gay sexual tourism. Ten years ago, the 
cultural tradition of tolerance for bisex- 



Spartacus's Stamford: the guide isn't perfect, 
but neither is the world it has to deal with 




uality among young men and the pover- 
ty of the Philippines made it a gay 
"paradise." But foolish gay tourists, a 
deteriorating economy and a moral 
crackdown on sex with young men have 
meant that the paradise days are over. 
The influx of tourists has given rise to 
various extortion rackets that include 
young men, their families, corrupt pol- 
ice and newspapers. Spartacus all but 
advises people not to visit the country 
anymore because of the very real possi- 
bility of blackmail and expulsion for 
"sexual perversion." 

The issues of unequal power and 
resources here are very difficult ones. 
Stamford tries to deal with the inherent 
contradictions as matters for personal 
responsibility on the part of his readers. 
He asks tourists to be discreet, not to 
make promises to young men that can't 
be kept, to respect local cultures and not 
to pay young men amounts of money 
that their parents could only earn by 
three months of hard work. The advice 
is probably fairly sensible, although it 
doesn't attempt to tackle the broader 
issues of global politics. 

Advice of this sort has been sharply 
criticized by the International Gay 
Association, among others. They say 
that all Spartacus is saying is not to pay 
the boys too much or prices will rise for 
the next tourist. The guide's description 
of available Third World young men and 
its occasional warnings about theft have 
been accused by the IGA of racism. (It's 
useful here to remember here that virtu- 
ally every tourist guide warns visitors to 
safeguard their valuables against theft, 
and this is also sensible advice for any- 
one visiting a gay bath in any metropol- 
itan city.) The debate has centred on the 
entry for Colombia in Spartacus '83, a 
report written by someone who had lived 
there for four years. "Select a sexy 
teenager who is himself cruising," it ad- 
vised. "Never trust a Colombian teen- 
ager you meet on the street; you can go 
with him to a bar or to a restaurant, but 
avoid taking him to your hotel." The 
IGA asked Stamford to edit out these 
kinds of remarks, but the entry for Col- 
ombia in Spartacus '84 has not been 
changed. 

The entry should have been changed, 
just as other thoughtless descriptions of 
the gay scene in countries like South 
Africa need to be changed. (Laws which 
discriminate against the black majority 
of the population, segregated railways, 
buses and other services are dealt with 
too lightly.) And as other reviewers have 
pointed out for their own countries, 
some bars have closed down and those 
entries need to be changed, too. 

Travel, for whatever reason, can make 
people very aware of issues in the world 
today. I know someone who thought 
world politics was a subject to be avoid- 
ed until he visited Colombia for a holi- 
day. The value of such experiences 
makes it desirable to avoid a rather silly 
confrontation between the "political" 
and "commercial" wings of the gay 
movement. People working for social 
change have to live their lives now and 
not in some perfected world to come. It 
makes no sense to tell gay men not to 
visit Third World countries. 

In any event, my friends are still 
thumbing through the Spartacus guide 
There will always be problems with the 
guide because it exists within world con- 
tradictions for which John Stamford 
alone can't beheld responsible. It prob- 
ably has Fewer objectionable aspects 
than the Fodoi 's series, We ask John 
Stamford that Spartacus be better next 
year, and the yeai after that, and the 
year attei that. too. 

\l:in O'Connor 



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Fiction 

Extramuros by Jesus Fernandez Santos is 
receiving substantial praise. A nun in 15th-cen- 
tury Inquisitorial Spain persuades her lover, 
another nun, to wound the former's hands in 
imitation of Christ's stigmata, so she may be- 
come a saint and bring wealth and fame to 
their poor convent. The plan fails and both are 
disgraced, and follow each other into death. 
(Columbia University Press, $19.95 US.) 

Based on a legend in Brittany, Jeannine 
Allard's Legende: The Story of Philippa and 
Aurelie is about two women who successfully 
fool an entire town into believing they are man 
and wife. The mystery is revealed years later, 
after a statue is erected in honour of the "hus- 
band" lost at sea. (Alyson Publications, Box 
2783, Boston, MS 02208; $5.95 US.) The 
Reach, And Other Stories, edited by Lilian 
Mohin and Sheila Shulman is an anthology of 
lesbian feminist fiction. (Onlywomen Press, 38 
Mt Pleasant, London WC1X OAP.) 

In Old Dyke Tales, Lee Lynch strings 
together stories told by her characters in the 
Cafe Fennes, including 80-year-old August 
Brennan. In The Burnton Widows, Vicki P 
McConnell follows journalist /detective Nyla 
Wade (first encountered in Mrs Porter's Let- 
ter) to a castle on the Oregon coast which has 
apparently harboured several generations of 
lesbians. (Both $7.95 US from Naiad Press, 
Box 10543, Tallahassee, FL 32302.) 

Why We Never Danced the Charleston, a 
first novel by Harlan Greene about three men 
in the gay underworld of 1923 Charleston, 
comes with kudos from one voracious reader 
of gay fiction around the office, and from 
Publisher's Weekly: "Written in a lyrical, 
evocative prose, the story is often moving." 
(St Martin's Press, $12.95 US.) 

Tom Wakefield tells the story of Cyril and 
Len, two men working for Britain's National 
Service in the 50s, in Mates (Gay Men's Press, 
c/o Alyson Publications, see above; $6.50 US). 
Also from Gay Men's Press is Flame: A Life 
on the Game, an autobiography by a London 
hustler who quit school at fourteen to make a 
living. The Boys on the Rock, by John Fox, is 
a first novel being trumpeted as the gay 
Catcher in the Rye. A Catholic teenager in the 
late 60s, amid many other problems, is work- 
ing on the McCarthy presidential campaign. 
(St Martin's Press, $11.95). 

The adventures of Clarisse Lovelace and 
Daniel Valentine ( Vermilion and Cobalt) conti- 
nue in Nathan Aldyne's Slate (Random 
House, $16.95). Just as Valentine is opening a 
new gay bar in Boston's South End, the corpse 
of Sweeney Drysdale II, gossip columnist 
extraordinaire, turns up in Clarisse's bed. 
"The characters here are less interesting than 
in the earlier books," says Publisher's Weekly, 
"and the dialogue not as breezy and clever." 
John Preston, author of Franny and / Once 
Had A Master launches "The Missions of Alex 
Kane" with Sweet Dreams (Alyson, see above; 
$4.95 US). Kane, an ex-Marine whose lover is 
killed in Vietnam because he is gay, returns to 
Boston determined "to protect the sweet 
dreams of gay America," receiving orders 



from his late lover's father. PW: "This won't 
really reach beyond the specialized readership 
it's aimed at." 

Edward O Phillips follows up his popular 
Sunday 's Child with another novel on the 
amusing misfortunes of a lonely gentleman 
among Montreal's English upper classes, in 
Where There's a Will (McClelland & Stewart, 
$18.95). With Foreign Bodies, the popular 
critic and essayist Barbara Grizzuti Harrison 
attempts a novel, about a successful divorced 
journalist who finds herself obsessed with 
Devi — a very beautiful Indian artist and gay 
man. (Doubleday, $16.95). 

Britain's Brilliance Books continues its fine 
line-up with Thomas Lyster: A Cambridge 
Novel by David Wurtzel ($6.95 US). 
After 21 years of hamburgers, soda pop and 
no sex, Neil moves from the States to Eng- 
land, where his new college roommate is the 
promiscuous, bisexual Thomas Lyster. Also 
from Brilliance: The Wounded by Tom Clark- 
son ($6.95 US), written in 1953 and unavail- 
able since, the story of Chris, a gay drag per- 
former, and the woman he loves (praised by 
Edith Sitwell as "really magnificent — I can- 
not praise it sufficiently"); and Raptures of 
the Deep by Peter Hazeldine (£2.95), a first 
novel, about growing up gay in Manchester. 
(Brilliance Books, 14 Clerkenwell Green, 
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models has produced Moll Cutpurse: Her 
True History by Ellen Galford. Loosely based 
on the life of the apparently lesbian Moll 
Frith, who spent her rebellious life 
(1584-1659) as a pickpocket and fortune- 
teller among the rogues and beggers of Lon- 
don's Fleet Street. (Available from 
Stramullion (a feminist publishing collective), 
43 Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh EH1 2QB, 
Scotland, for £4.50, including postage.) 



Crazy like a fox 

Why would Plume Books send us a copy of 
Boy Crazy: An Intimate Look at Today's Young 
Stars, who can "bring out the animal instinct 
in a woman and leave her feeling as breath- 
less as her adolescent sister" ? These are the 
same people who blessed the world with Not 
Just a Pretty Face: An Intimate Look at 
America's Top Male Models, by the way. 
Could it be they're hoping this will be a treat 
for gay readers (and lookers) as well? After 
all, one of these gorgeous fellows says his 
favourite author is Somerset Maugham. . . . 
Hey, they even included Boy George! 

But then again, maybe it was just a mix-up 
in the mail. . . . 




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The current interest in the life and work of 
Proust (a film is on the way from Europe) is 
accommodated with the first volume of his 
correspondence, Marcel Proust, Selected Let- 
ters: 1880-1903 (The Anchor Library, 
Doubleday; $9.95 US). Also of interest is The 
Aesthetic of Sexuality in the Life, Times and 
Art of Marcel Proust by J E Rivers (Cam- 
bridge University Press, $15.65). C A Tripp, 
author of The Homosexual Matrix, says of 
the latter: "Overwhelming! I know of no 
other modern book on sex that so thoroughly 
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In a similar vein, Sybil Oldfield relates the 
life-long friendship of F M Mayor, author of 
several successful novels about the emotional 
lives of women, and suffragist and pacifist 
Mary Sheepshanks, in Spinsters of this Parish 
(Virago Press, Academic Press of Canada; 
$15.95). Mayor and Sheepshanks first met at 
Cambridge in the 1890s. Samuel M Steward 
has reissued his Dear Sammy: Letters From 
Gertrude Stein and Alice B Toklas (St 
Martin's Press, $7.95 US), with a new memoir 
on his encounters with the pair. 

Poet Rudy Kikel has put together an auto- 
biography of sorts with Lasting Relations 
(Sea Horse Press, 307 W 1 1th St, New York, 
NY 10014; $5.95 US), including poems and 
essays on family, friends, tricks and enemies. 
"Stylish, elegant and clever," says Publishers 
Weekly, "in the tradition of Oscar Wilde." 
Also recommended by PW is The Idiot 
Princess of the Last Dynasty by Peter Klap- 
pert (Knopf, $15.95). The setting: a Parisian 
cafe. The speaker: a gay Irish-American with 
a ribald wit, who recreates the tremendous in- 
tellectual and artistic activity in Paris follow- 
ing the first World War. 

Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthololgy, 
the provocatively varied collection edited by 
Evelyn Torton Beck, has been republished by 
The Crossing Press's Feminist Series (Box 
640, Trumansburg, NY 14886; $8.95 US). 
Mary Daly's latest work is a "modern femi- 
nist mythology" (complete with Witches, 
Nags, Fates, Dykes and Augurs) called Pure 
Lust: Elemental Feminist Philosophy 
(Beacon, $25.95). Unlike the aggressive and 
object-centred lust identified with men, "pure 
lust" connects one with the rhythms of 
nature and ties instinct and intuition to 
reason. PW: "The author's profuse jargon 
has become more ingrown with each new 
book.... But her message is powerful." 

Bisexual and Homosexual Identities: 
Critical Theoretical Issues, edited by John P 
De Cecco and Michael G Shively is Issue 8 of 
Research on Homosexuality, available for 



$22.95 US from The Haworth Press, 28 East 
22nd St, New York, NY 10010. Also in the 
series is Human Sexuality in Medical Social 
Work, edited by Larry Lister and Avid A 
Shore, available for $19.95 US. 

The Truth About AIDS: Evolution of an 
Epidemic by Ann Giudici Fettner and 
William A Check (Holt, $15.95), to be re- 
leased at the end of June, deals with some of 
the homophobic prejudice that has been en- 
gendered by AIDS, as well as the apparent 
lack of research cooperation among competi- 
tive medical groups and health agencies. 

John AllecH 

Pop music 

• You all remember The Weather Girls ("It's 
Raining Men")? Well, they've come up with a 
new single called "Success." Pay special 
attention to the lyrics: "We'd like to thank 
the public for making us stars /Especially the 
boys in the backroom bars." Finally — some 
credit where credit's due! 

• Toronto's Pukka Orchestra have redeemed 
themselves somewhat after their horrid 
butchering of Tom Robinson's "Listen to the 
Radio." Their new single "Cherry Beach Ex- 
press" has a very catchy beat, nice vocal har- 
mony, and some very not nice things about 
encounters with Toronto's boys in blue: 
"That's why I'm ridin' on the Cherry beach 
Express / My wrists are broken and my face is 
in a mess." 4Q52! It's available in record 
stores around town on their self-titled album. 

• The battle lines have been drawn among the 
leaders of England's gender-bender camp. 
Alas, it seems that those girls just can't get 
along with one another. At first, it was claws 
out between the haughty Marilyn and that 
"over made-up tart" (thank you, Princess 
Margaret) Boy George. That altercation seems 
to have ended, only to be replaced by a nasty 
fight between George and Pete Burns, the out- 
rageous lead singer of Dead or Alive ("That's 
the way, uh-huh, uh-huh..."). The English 
music mags are eagerly recording each episode, 
and the latest issue of New Musical Express 
lets them both have a go. Boy George makes 
some interesting observations, proposes a 
truce, and closes with a call to arms against 
violent homophobia: "That's what we should 
be fighting, not each other." Miss Burns, it 
seems, will have none of this: "Fuck off. I 
don't talk to men in dresses," quoth he. No 
malice intended, he continues, he's just 
"naturally" mean and bitchy. I'll say — his 
fave fantasy is down on record as "sucking 
Muhammed Ali's knob," he didn't mind a 
magazine headline claiming he was found 
naked in bed with 50 sailors, and he once 
cancelled an interview with the explanation, "I 
tripped over a pile of men and hurt my ankle." 

• Pete and Princess Maggie aren't the only 
ones after Boy George: The Marxist-Leninist, 
the organ of the Central Committee of the 
Communist Party of Canada, has declared 
that he's "an instrument of imperialist cul- 
tural aggression to glorify the barren waste- 
land in man's spiritual life which has been 
created by imperialism.... He is their agent, 
to spread the lack of convictions amongst the 
youth. The ideals of parasitism, decay and 
corruption...." Isn't it funny how this sounds 
just like the elder Mormons at Brigham 
Young University in Utah, who banned C*ul- 
ture Club's albums because they are "promo- 
ting homosexuality and transvestism." Don't 
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been to lesbian writer's mecca. Just to be 
there, in a city that must hold the record 
for most lesbian writers per square mile, 
was truly invigorating. The city itself, 
the entire Bay area, is remarkable — the 
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of the wharf. But certainly one of the 
highlights of my trip was visiting the 
profusion of women's bookstores and 
businesses. This column will not be 
about books — it's a travel piece, 
my readers in this radical departure from 
my usual column. 

The centre of lesbian activity in San 
Francisco is Valencia Street, in the Mis- 
sion District between 16th and 23rd 
Streets. Walking down from 23rd, the 
first sign of activity is the Artemis Cafe. 
The food is tasty and wholesome. The 
cafe caters to the veggie and dessert 
crowd, and the service is unusually 
pleasant. (Why does being politically 
correct mean never having to say 
"you're welcome"?) 

After dessert, I made my way to the 
legendary Old Wives Tales. This incred- 
ibly huge store houses practically every 
woman's book in print, as well as 
periodicals and posters and lots of 
T-shirts, bags, hankies and gifts im- 
printed with women's or lesbian sym- 
bols. While the woman at the counter 
patiently searched for a souvenir book- 
mark for me (it was her first day on the 
job), I wandered around the upstairs 
lounge and found an armful of publica- 
tions, such as Poetry Flash and Fiction 
Monthly (tabloids of reviews and news 



of local literary events) and Coming Up 
(a local gay/lesbian paper) and al\free\ 
The lounge is a storehouse of informa- 
tion on alternative organizations in the 
Bay area — a real find for someone new 
in town. 

Braving the traffic, I crossed over to 
Modern Times. There is a rather serene 
quality to this bookstore, which carries 
socialist as well as feminist literature. 
The space is filled with casual clutter, 
and the conversations made me wonder 
if I had stumbled into a left-wing drop- 
in centre. Their women's section beats 
most I've seen hands down. 

Further down the street is Osento, a 
women's bathhouse. As I paced back 
and forth outside the door, I wondered 
if "bathhouse" means the same thing in 
San Francisco as it does in Toronto. Did 
other women go in there specifically 
to... you know, or just for a hot tub? 
Could I? Dare I go in? No, the memory 
of my cowardly self slinking away from 
the door will haunt me, but in truth, I 
was too chicken to step inside. 

Down the street, I peeked in the win- 
dow of the Valencia Rose, a cafe and 
cabaret, housed in a stunning vulva-pink 
building that was once a mortuary. Then 
on to the San Francisco Women's Build- 
ing, a huge old Spanish-style building 
that, when I went in, was packed with 
women of every age and description. 
The lobby contained its share of free- 
bies: local arts papers and Mission Dis- 
trict news magazines. One could be des- 
titute in this city and still read for days! 

On the last day of my trip, I braved 
BART — not a person, but the Bay Area 
Rapid Transit system — to travel to 
Oakland to visit A Woman's Place. 
Again, I was impressed by the sheer 
dimensions of this bookstore; they had 
saved a corner for their selection of 
bumper stickers and buttons. Like most 
of the stores mentioned here, A 
Woman's Place has a full schedule of 
readings (the writers in the anthology 
New Lesbian Writing, eidted by Mar- 
garet Cruikshank, were next on the sche- 
dule) plus other social events for cus- 
tomers and volunteer staff. The book- 
shop's activities help to bring the com- 
munity together. 

There were other treats too. Like get- 
ting lost on the way to the bathroom at 
the Pacific Arts and Letters Small Press 
Fair, and stumbling upon a display case 
of artifacts of Bay-area lesbian life from 
the Gold Rush to the present, complete 
with Daughters of Bilitis conference pro- 
grammes and posters of nineteenth cen- 
tury women passing as men. I drank cof- 
fee with very special women whose work 
1 admire and respect; Iparticipated in the 
morning coffee-and-conversation ritual 
with a group of Berkeley artists on the 
steps of a downtown church. A friend 
turning me on to the greatest chocolate 
truffles in the history of the world, more 
an orgiastic explosion of chocolate than 
a mere bonbon. The Bay area so im- 
pressed me the 1 couldn'rc resist step- 
ping out of my book-critic shoes to 
speak of my love of the city. San Fran- 
cisco is truly home base of much of the 
lesbian energy and talent that is regularly 
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Cabbagetown 
Overly large 3-bedroom townhouse. $139,900. 
New 3-storey detached Victorian $258,900 
2-bedroom condoapartment $84,900 
4 level architecturally designed semi. $173,900 

Residential investment properties with high 
returns $109,000 • $265,000. 

Cimerman Real Estate Ltd. 

501 Parliament Street 
Toronto. Ontario M4X 1P3 



CLASSIFIEDS 



HOMES 



TORONTO 



BROADVIEW-GERRARD. Mature responsible 
lean M/F to share 3 storey home. Parking and yard. 
$265 incl. Available immediately. 463-5528. 

MATURE, EASY GOING professional male moving 
to Toronto in August, wants to share accommodation 
with responsible younger same or grad student. 
Drawer E480. 

TOP FLOOR OF HOUSE. Share 3 storey home with 
two others. Sundeck, laundry facilities, close to 
downtown, with TTC at doorstep. Riverdale area. 
$2507month. Call John, 469-0349. 

ROOMS FOR RENT, large, sunny, share facilities. 
North Riverdale .$200 per month. Suitable for quiet 
mature individual. Call Bill, 465-9871. 

BEACHES TOWNHOUSE. Responsible male share 
handsomely renovated accommodation. (Four bed- 
room, all conveniences.) Non-smoker preferred. Ref- 
erences. Box 921, Stn A, Toronto. 

GAY MALE 44, professional background Arts ad- 
ministration, looking for tidy considerate gay mate to 
(1) share existing downtown 2 bedroom renovated 
house. An organized attractive quiet home, 5 applian- 
ces, central air, parking, or (2) Find and share suitable 
alternative accomodation. Interested in long term ar- 
rangement with the right person. Reply Drawer E432. 

SOUTHERN ONTARIO ~ 
COTTAGE FOR SALE 

Beautiful Georgian Bay waterfront property (80' 
frontage) near Meaford. Spacious partially winter- 
ized cottage with fireplace, custom kitchen, two bed- 
rooms, two guest cabins, garage, shuffleboard 
courts. Ideal retreat for all seasons, on private road 
open year round. Private sale. Call afternoons: (519) 
538-4754. 



OTTAWA 



I have a house to share with a non-smoking person. 
3-plus bedrooms, living, dining, large kitchen, five 
appliances. Yard for sunning and BBQing. Quiet 
neighbourhood — Charlotte at Clarence St. 
$390/month. August 1st. 235-0377. Michael. 



SERVICES 



NATIONAL 



TANTRlC MEDITATION SERVICES. Box 44, 
Oakville MB R0H 0Y0. Please write. Replies in 
English, direct from India. 



TORONTO 



COUNSELLING 

Individuals, couples and families. More than a decade 
of experience. Rosemary Cozens, MA and Lindsay 
Cobb MA, 484-6456. 



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Moving and Storage 

Local and long distance 

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(416)751-9124 



Member Allied Van Lines 







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EXPERIENCED THERAPIST available to individ- 
uals/couples for interpersonal and psychosexual diffi- 
culties. Please leave message at 535-9818. Bill San- 
ders, MSW, Certified Sexual Therapist. 

MASSAGE FOR HEALTH done by proressional 
massage therapist. Mr Fung. By appointment only. 
465-9810. 

SOLSTICE. GAY ASTROLOGICAL and tarot con- 
sultations. 463-9688. 

CANADIAN MALE SEEKS Caucasian or Chinese 
Cantonese-speaker as tutor. Ability to read and write 
characters essential. Patience, sense of humour an 
asset. Drawer E46I. 

VIDEO SERVICES— affordable taping of talent 
resumes, singers, musicians, artists, fashion, special 
occasions. Let's talk, afternoons and evenings. 
979-9716. 

ARTIST WILL CREATE realistic drawings of your 
favourite picture or photo, that you will treasure for 
many years, or can give as a gift. Any theme, erotic, 
etc. Or will create something to your liking. Call Paul 
at 653-6313. 

PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER 

PORTRAITS of you and /or your lover, nudes, port- 
folios, fashion, art copy work, and other assign- 
ments. Photographed on location. Inquiries: Clive 
Pyne Photography, 694-5335. 



LL's Painting & Decorating 

Wallpapering & repairs 

Louis Leveille 461-9940 

10 Hogarth Ave - Apt 1408 
Toronto Ont M4K 1J9 



planning research & design consultant 



GORDON K.STONE 

B. Architecture 



P O Box 424. Station F 

Toronto. Ontario M4Y 2L8 

(416)924-9061 



OTTAWA 



CERAMIC ART CLASSES with a difference. Call 
Paul at 829-9812. 



WORK 



WORK WITH ME 

HOME BUSINESS for everyone and anywhere in 
Canada and USA. No investment. Good income, 
vacations plus free car. For information please write 
t o; List, Box 5982, Stn A, Toronto ONT M5W 1P4. 

BUDDY'S, Toronto gay bar, is looking for a positive 
problem-solving people-and-profit-oriented profes- 
sional to assume its management. Applicants with 
resumes please call Randi at (416) 598-3040 for an 
interview. 

WANTED: Go-go dancers with good physiques and 
looks for special shows in Toronto bars. Also ex- 
perienced bartender. Excellent wages and good work- 
ing conditions. Call Owen for audition and interview 
at 598-3039 between 10:30 am and 5:30 pm. 

MESSAGES 

HEALTH QUESTIONS? PROBLEM with relation- 
ships? Write "This Ain't Ann Landers," Box 7289, Stn 
A, Toronto ON MSW 1X9. Anonymous if you wish. 

WILL CHRIS FOX or anyone knowing her where- 
abouts please contact Marion Foster at 39 MacDon- 
ald Street, Toronto, ON M8V 1Y3. 



BOOKS 



MALE HOMOSEXUALITY IN LITERATURE. 
Paths Untrodden Book Service, PO Box 459, Village 
Station, New York, NY 10014-0459. Catalogue 
$2.00 US 

VOLUNTEERS 

ORGANIZATIONS seeking volunteers can find 
them in The Body Politic classifieds. Advertise for 
volunteer help and get a 50% discount Off our regular 
reasonable rates. 

LESBIANS AND GAY MEN wanted for peer coun- 
selling and information phoneline. Should possess a 
mature attitude, common sense and empathy. Phone 
TAG at 964-6600. 



GROUPS 



GAY OUTDOORS CLUB 

OTTAWA AND AREA. A new club is forming for 
gay people interested in the outdoors. If you would be 
interested in joining others for camping weekends, 
hiking, canoeing, cycling, skiing, etc, now's your 
chance to get in at the beginning. If you are interested 
in finding out more write to Out and Out Toronto, 
Box 331, Stn F, Toronto ON M4Y 2L7. 

FIND WRESTLING PARTNERS in Canada and US 
Northwest. Join NW Wrestling Directory. Free. Box 
1864, Stn A, Kelowna, BC V1Y 8M3. 



42 □ THE BODY POLITIC □ JULY /AUGUST 1984 



NORTH AMERICAN Man/Boy Love Association. 
For further information send $1.00 US to: 
NAMBLA, Box 174, New York, NY 10018. 

GAY INVESTMENT GROUP FORMING 

A new informal gay investment group forming this 
fall. Learn about the stock market and meet new 
friends. Send details about yourself and occupation 
together with your home phone number. Limited 
membership. Drawer E502. 



OTHER 



GAY COURTWATCH. General court information, 
lawyer referrals, crisis referrals, support services. If 
you have been arrested or need assistance with the 
court system leave a message at room 337, Old City 
Hall or call 362-6928 or 961-8046. We are here to help 
you. 

SEXUAL REJUVENATION male and female. Safe 
herbal remedial. Fully guaranteed. $14.00 cheque or 
money order. Mankind, Box 1160, Stn F, Toronto, 
ON M4T 278. 

GAY IN THE SUBURBS? Want to talk? Gay Alli- 
ance at York planning symposium in the fall. Inter- 
ested? Contact G.A.Y., York University, 4700 Keele 
St, Downsview ON M3J 1P3. 

QUIT SMOKING EASY WAY cut down or stop now. 
Safe herbal remedial. Fully guaranteed. $14.00. Man- 
kind, Box 1160, Stn F, Toronto, ON M4T 278, 
Canada. 



TRAVEL 



BOSTON'S ALL-GAY place to stay. Two renovated 
back bay town houses, continental breakfast, cock- 
tail setups, minute's walk to historic sites and night 
life, private /shared bath. $25-$45. Oasis, 22 Edgerly 
Rd, Boston, MA 02115. 617-267-2262. 

BED AND BREAKFAST in private gay homes. San 
Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego or Texas. Details: 
BayHosts, 1155 Bosworth, San Francisco CA 941 31. 
Tel: 415-334-7262. 

NOVA SCOTIA: Lovett Lodge Inn. Victorian anti- 
ques, alpine. Near St John — Digby Ferry. Brochure: 
PO Box 119, Bear River, NS BOS 1 B0. 1-902-467-3917. 

A HOME AWAY FROM HOME. Cabbagetown 
lodging house and efficiencies. 300 Wellesley St. E. at 
Parliament. For information call Bill or Allen, 
961-9320. 



Fort Lauderdale, Florida 

Spend a pleasant vacation at the 

LAUDERDALE MANOR 300 ft. from our 

beautiful beach. Party at the world-famous 

Marlin Beach Hotel next door and come 

back to a quiet and friendly atmosphere. 

Modestly priced hotel rooms, efficiencies 

and apartments with color TV. New pool in 

our tropical garden and BBQ. Call or write 

Lauderdale Manor Motel, 2926 Valencia St. 

fort Lauderdale, Fla 33316 

Tel: (305) 463-3385 



GUEST 
HOUSE 

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Carls 

ptbvincetov/n 

Center of Town 

April thru October 

Clean, confortable, inexpensive 

Carl, your host 

68 Bradford St 
Provincetown MA 02657 

(617)487-1650 











Guesthouse & Tavern 

Newer and better. 
Check us out! 



18 Eastern Avenue 
TorontoONM5A1H5 

(416)368-4040 



THE INN 2 VILLAGE SQUARE 

OGUNQUIT. Spacious, Victorian guesthouse 
overlooking the town. Oceanview, sundeck, con- 
tinental breakfast, walking distance to beach, clubs, 
restaurants. Relax with friends. PO Box 864, Ogun- 
quit, Maine 03907. (207) 646-5779. 



Friendly places to stay . . . Miles 
of beaches . . . Great restaurants 
. . . Lots of entertainment and 
dancing . . . Variety of shops 
and galleries . . . 
Write for free directory 
Provincetown 
Business Guild 
Box 421 Dept. R 
/f Provincetown, MA 02657 
* .- Call (617) 487-2313 

ROVINCETOWN 

Enjoy It With Us! 




MODELS/ESCORTS 

EDMONTON. Hunky male escort, 31, 6' 180 lbs, 
hairy, prefer out-of-town hotel registered guest. 
Write Drawer E060. 

TORONTO ~ 

HANDSOME, COMPETITIVE BODYBUILDER 
available for modelling. Big, blond and beautiful. 
Call 927-0558. 

"HOT", CUTE ITALIAN, 5'7" 150 lbs, into 
bodybuilding. Slender, youthful, good-looking, ac- 
tor, model, escort. Call "Angelo" anytime. Absolute 
discretion assured. 363-3417. 

"GENTLEMEN'S GENTLEMEN" — Two clean- 
cut good-looking males, 19 and 22, available for per- 
sonal escort /model services. 922-2089. 

BRIGHT, ATTRACTIVE STUDENT (21), discreet 
and versatile, seeks position as personal escort . Steve: 
961-4680. 

GAY WHITE MALE, 19, slim, athletic, available for 
escort and modelling. I have three years experience as 
an escort/model. For discreet consultation call Dave: 
927-9974. 

FIRST CHOICE — Attractive, black 35 and blond, 
blue-blue eyes (white), 24, available for personal 
escort /model service. Single or together. Minimum 
$50. Single. 977-1155. 

TORONTO ESCORTS & MODELS 
FULFILL YOUR FANTASIES. Lean muscular 26, 
5'11" 170 lbs, masculine, clean cut man available as 
escort and/or model. Call Rick: 653-2115. 



GUYS 'n' GALS 

From Burt Reynolds 

to Elvis Costellos, 

from Dolly Partons 

toTwiggys. 

All types of models available. 

Call (416) 461-6676 



PRISONERS 



A NOTE to prisoners who wish to have pen pals — 
Metropolitan Community Church is offering a pen- 
pal service to men and women prisoners through the 
church's prison ministry. Prison Ministry, 730 Bath- 
urst St, Toronto, ON M5S 2R4. 

GAYS AND YOUNG PRISONERS threatened with 
sexual exploitation, in institutions everywhere, bene- 
fit from the work of The Prometheus Foundation, 
which also protects gays in society from rip-offs by 
unscrupulous inmates. For information on the Pen 
Pal Group and other vital programmes, and a copy of 
FIRE!, the Foundation's newsletter, send SASE to: 
Prometheus, Box 12954, Pittsburgh, PA 15241. 

BLACK INMATE doing time in this red-neck county 
of Oklahoma. In need of a friend who will help me 
through these rough times I'm facing; and late at 
night. Into all kinds of music, opera, and the stage; I 
play guitar and piano. I'm so lonely — please answer 
my plea. From NYC, planning to move to Canada 
after I'm discharged. I'm open-minded, are you? 
Bobby Ross 133616, PO Box 97, OSP, McAlester OK 
74501. 

1 AM A 21-YEAR-OLD white male serving a 3-year 
sentence, soon to be released. In search of a true 
friend, relationship, love, and happiness with an 
older, serious-minded gay who I can be with upon my 
release. I am 5'9" 139 lbs, blond hair and blue eyes. 
Tommy Howard Gilbreath, PO Box 97-90673, 
McAlester OK 74502. 

I WOULD LIKE to hear from all gay males and 
(ransvestitcs/ transsexuals. I will write to all who write 
to me I look forward to hearing from you. Harry 
Langert 82A0167, Box 618, Auburn NY 13201. 

KINKY? Any wild hunks out there that enjoy being 
kinky and having someone special to share your 
wildest thoughts and desires with? I'm 23, 5'9" 160 
lbs, dark brown hair, green eyes, getting out in 85. En- 
joy hearing from ali, especially if as above. Will 
answer all. Kenny Nuckels 128220, PO Box 97, 
McAlester OK 74501. 



PAUL T.WILLIS, 

1>. A.., LL.B. 

BARRISTER AND SOLICITOR 
NOTARY PUBLIC 

For the General 
Practice of Law 

Day or evening 
appointments available 

1240 Bay Street (at Bloor), Suite 307 
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2A7 

Office (416) 923-2601 
Residence (416) 961-7963 



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B. Sc., LL. B. 
Barrister & Solicitor 



70 Dundas Street East 

Toronto, Ontario M5B 1C7 

598-4922 



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TORONTO, ONTARIO M5A 2A3 
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was a very hot day— their suits fit a little 
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from business cards they're' just friendly and invite no trade Ol 

commerce. Presented in social situations, you're bound to be 

remembered even when you're not feeling your mosl memorable. 

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LEFT BANK BOOKS sponsors a Books For Prisoners 
project. Through donations and a postage grant we are 
able to send free miscellaneous books to inmates every- 
where, (provided an institution allows them). We offer 
special order books at cost (usually 35-40% off). Pris- 
oners and other interested persons should write: Books 
For Prisoners, Box A, 92 Pike St, Seattle, WA 98101. 

TRANSSEXUAL 23. Have you been fooled by the 
rest? Well try the best. I'm tall, 160 lbs, green eyes and 
brown hair. I'm a loving girl that is petite and very 
pretty. I want a man that can and will take care of me 
while I'm going through these hard times. I love to 
take care of my man in all ways. Only sincere men 
need bother to reply. Send a SASE to Rae " Rachelle" 
Arment, PO Box 777, Monroe WA 98272. 

FRIENDS: FEMALE 

INTERNATIONAL 

GAY WOMEN WRITE/meet everywhere! through 
The Wishing Well Magazine Program. Confidential 
(Code Numbers used), supportive, dignified, prompt. 
Ten years' reliable reputation. Tender, loving alterna- 
tive. Introductory copy US$5 (mailed discreetly first 
class). Canadian women especially welcome! Free in- 
formation: Box 117, Novato, CA 94948-0117. 

WOMAN, USA CITIZEN (straight or gay) sought 
for marriage of mutual benefit by Canadian gay male. 
Drawer E426. 

TORONTO 

WILD WOMEN IN SEARCH OF THE BIG "O"? 
Do you rush to your mailbox every day looking for an 
invitation to your first (or latest) orgy? Drop us a let- 
ter (detailed and juicy) to say why you should be in- 
vited to ours. And who knows what the post may 
bring tomorrow? Drawer D723. 

SINCERE FRIENDSHIP OR MORE 

A YOUNG, COLLEGE gay male is seeking a gay or 
bisexual female for friendship. I am masculine in ap- 
pearance, 20, 5'7" 130 lbs, dark hair, brown eyes. My 
interests include theatre, dancing, dining out and 
cooking at home. This relationship could satisfy our 
mutual social and family obligations, possibly mar- 
riage. Drawer E403. 



PETERBOROUGH 



LESBIAN looking for others in Peterborough. Take 
a moment and write. I need to hear from you. Drawer 
E501. 

NEW BRUNSWICK 

27-YEAR-OLD female professional; love reading, 
music. Need lots of affection. Very monogamous. 
Looking for gay female friends or a companion in 
Fredericton area. Drawer E450. 

FRIENDS MALE 

INTERNATIONAL 

TO BE FRIEND AND LOVER. Bearded, 38, 6' 180 
lbs, Levis-type, F/A, G/P, smoker, music-lover, un- 
conventional life, lots of affection, looking for some- 
one to love. Anywhere. Alive. Franz Schubert, Box 
1430, Succ Desjardins, Montreal PQ HSB 1H3. 

HORNY, HOT correspondence of all kinds wanted 
from anywhere. J / O — washroom sex, curious about 
W/S. Try me in your first letter. Drawer E291. 

I LI VE IN POLAND, in Warsaw. My name is Marek 
Wyloga. I'm 23 years old. I'm interested in gays in 
Canada. I'm interested in theatre, opera, cinema, 
music and tourism. I would like to correspond with 
gays from Canada. I know English language. Marek 
Wyloga, UL. Stalowa 12m. 7, 05-800 Pruzkow, 
Poland. 



NATIONAL 



BARE NAKED HORNY stud wants to hear from 
other guys into cocksucking, W/S, chicken, 
whatever. Let me strut my stuff for you. Revealing 
photo a must for reply. Drawer E513 

JO BUDDIES WANTED with big balls and cock. If 
you enjoy JO, talking dirty, phone calls, fantasies, big 
balls, bare feet, write now. Am 37, attractive. Drawer 
E271. 

YOUNG GWM, MASCULINE, sexually versatile, to 
relocate for relationship with GWM, 50, in great 
shape. Reliable, sober, honest type only. Photo, full 
details please. Henry. PO Box 6864, Stn A, Saint 
John, NB E2L 4S3. 

25 AND JUST COMING OUT. Into voyeurism and 
exhibitionism, would like nude photo exchange with 
young college jocks, wrestlers and others. Drawer 
E101. 

NOVICE SLAVE 

25, 5'l 1" 1 60 lbs seeks master(s) anywhere in Canada 
who know(s) how to put a slave through his paces. 
S/M, B/D, W/S. I travel widely with my work in all 
areas of Canada but Maritimes, so I will be in your 
area sometime Sir! Drawer E453. 

23 YEAR OLD GWM, 6' 1 " 1 55 lbs, brown hair and 
eyes, looking for guys to 27 for long-lasting intimate 
relationship. Prefer beardless and slim. Currently 
working professionally, but will relocate for right per- 
son. Write Box 1208, Thompson MB RUN I PI. 

BRITISH COLUMBIA" 



VICTORIA BI GUY 28, tall, good-looking, well- 
built, wishes to meet other masculine guys for casual 
friendship and occasional sex. Absolute discretion 
guaranteed. PO Box 480, Saanichton, B( VOS I M0 

YOU'VE TRIED THE BARS. You've tried the 
balhs. Now try the alternative. Mccl by mail — 
guaranteed non-smoky and youdon'i have to ita) up 
late cither. Jusl use the form at righi. Easy, ch? 




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GENEROUS CALGARY EXECUTIVE 43 interest- 
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E429. 

RECOMBINANT DNA is one of my interests. (In 
fact it's my job.) I am a 29-year-old, 5' 10" 150 lb 
blond, attractive, out-of-the-closet gay man. Inter- 
ests include music, computers, touching, enzymes, 
politics, movies, hiking, intimacy. I am looking for in- 
telligent, serious-minded, happy friends 20-35 in Cal- 
gary. Scientific background appreciated but not 
essential. Sense of humour necessary. Drawer E410. 

GAY WHITE MALE, PASSIVE, 40, 150 lbs, 5'6'\ 
would like to meet dominant gay males, well-hung, 
very active in greek, bondage, gang-bangs. Only let- 
ters with photo will be answered. Calgary area only. 
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GWM, 6' 1 " 165 lbs, blue eyes, brown hair, young 36, 
fit, moderately hairy. Clean-cut, positive, quiet, af- 
fectionate. Computer programmer, own townhouse. 
Nature lover, non-smoker. Like good conversation, 
backpacking, photography, cycling, science fiction, 
folk music. Looking for committed relationship with 
non-macho male. Younger unhairy preferred, not 
essential. Your clear photo gets mine. Everyone ans- 
wered. Discretion assured, expected. Bill, Box 42, 
Sub-PO 11, Edmonton T6G 2E0. 



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21-50, married, bi or straight. Hot raunch scenes. 
Photo and sexual preference desirable. Drawer E381 . 

ATTRACTIVE GWM, university student, 22, seeks 
educated male for possible relationship. 20-30 pre- 
ferred, no kinks. Varied interests, social activities, 
must be out of the closet! Send particulars and phone 
number to Drawer E447. 



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1-2 WEEKS, July/August. Hairy chested, moustache 
guy, 36, 5' 10" 170 lbs, seeks companion for tour 
around Ontario lakes. Must be well-built and physi- 
cally fit. Drawer E455. 

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THUNDER BAY: You are under 30, straight appear- 
ance, enjoy the occasional night out for supper, 
show, lounge. I enjoy conversation with knowledge- 
able younger set over drinks in quiet setting. What 
comes later depends upon you, but you will not be dis- 
appointed. Write soon. Tell me about yourself. Photo 
appreciated. Drawer E463. 

WANTED, military 17-30 bi or gay 130-165 lb 
masculine Caucasian for 185 lb 6 ft tall blond military 
in 20s, fit. Angus Baseborden area. Discretion ab- 
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hot men. Am 29, 6' 165 lbs, moustache. Photo a must 
before meeting! Travel frequently — can accom- 
modate buddies. If you want the best, then go for it! 
Drawer E049. 

GWM, 35, 5'10" 175 lbs, brown hair, reddish body 
hair, muscular build, masculine, easy-going country 
type, very horny, well hung. Enjoy quiet times, music, 
little drink and smoke, mutual JO. Seek straight- 
looking easy-going younger male or couples for good 
times, have country home. Let's hear from guys in 
central and eastern Ontario. Can travel. Photo and 
phone appreciated. Hope to hear from you soon. 
Drawer E001. 

NUDE PHOTOS OF YOURSELF? 

Head shots, nudes, negatives returned. Phone studio 
532-4380. Inquiries welcome, inexpensive. 

LOOKING FOR well-hung, active black guy to 35 
years. I am 48, 5' 11 " 1 70 lbs, generous and financially 
secure. Drawer E454. 

ATTRACTIVE masculine male, 27, seeks masculine 
attractive male under 25, with jeans and black leather 
jacket to have fun and jerk me off slowly. 1 love to, 
cuddle. Photo and phone. Drawer E456. 

BM, 34, 6'2" 185 lbs, wants hung married G/active 
W/M able to go more than one round. 22/40 wants 
just satisfaction. Drawer E458. 

SLEEK, SWIFT and spirited runner seeks training 
partner who runs a mean lOkms. I'm29,6'2" 165 lbs, 
straight-acting, health conscious and full of life. Let- 
ter and phone much appreciated. Drawer E459. 

CHARMING, MASCULINE and slim Oriental 
male, early 20s, looking for masculine or hairy guys, 
under or to 40, to share good things in life together. 
Phone and photo appreciated. Drawer E444. 

BLACK MALE WANTED 

TALL, HANDSOME, well-built white male who is 
shy, sensitive and athletic but also lonely would like to 
meet slim, strong, Greek active black male who en- 
joys the good life. I travel a great deal by myself and 
need a sincere, loving companion. Photo, phone with 
reply appreciated. Box 2647, Stn F, Scarboro ON 
M1W2TI. 

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ment for morning sex. Love leather, bondage and 
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OBEDIENT, submissive male forty, warm open 
mouth, firm yielding buns, eager to serve any bizarre 
instructions, can wear stockings, etc. Seeks men over 
fifty for regular daytime sessions. Discreet, photo ap- 
preciated. Drawer E442. 

BISEXUAL MAN, 45, seeks same to age 25. Must be 
intelligent, well built and interested in buddy type re- 
lationship. Prefer muscles to pretty face. Drawer 
E443. 

HOT AND CLEAN buns would like to please you. 
Love finger play, cock fucking and hot dogs. Discre- 
tion expected. Please write with phone. Drawer E446. 

VERY ATTRACTIVE GWM, 28, into body-build- 
ing, very nice body, dark hair, blue eyes, 5'9" 155 lbs, 
looking for under 30, prefer tall blond guy with good 
body but will answer all. Like dancing and sex. Pic- 
ture, phone, fast replies. Go ahead, I'm horny. 
Drawer E448. 

PROFESSIONAL MALE new to Toronto. 6'3" 210 
lbs, losing, 30. Not into bars but enjoys life. Take a 
chance. Photo, phone. Drawer E449. 

I AM THE "G" IN GREAT-GAY-GUY 

SPOTLESSLY PRESENTED, straight-looking, ef- 
fervescent, likeable; seeking suitable complement to 
suntan and chum around with. Well-behaved, desert 
l oving. Paul 922-8484. 

AFFECTIONATE, CARING businessman, 36, 6', 
husky, seeks younger, sincere male for friendship or 
relationship. I enjoy music, theatre, films, long 
walks, quiet dinners, socializing and getting to know 
people. Drawer E43I. 

SPECIAL BLACK FRIEND WANTED 

BLACK INTELLIGENT HORNY male sought as 
buddy by GWM early 50s for sincere, honest friend- 
ship/relationship. Mutual affection, caring. Not into 
beauty contest. Drawer E425. 

BODYBUILDER 30, 5'11" 185 lbs, A 16 1/2, W32, 
seeks same for muscle love. I'll bring the baby oil. 
Photo appreciated. Drawer E421. 

TOPMAN WANTS a slim Toronto Bottom 

With buns round and firm — preferably tite 

Hey shy fellah if you think you got 'em 

Do I have a pillow you oughta bite 

I'm denimed, beefy, relaxed and fun 

Mid-aged and masculine I can cuddle all nite 

Both firm and manly my loving does run 

A drug free Bottom is a Topman's delite 

Drawer E41 8. 

READY FOR CHANGE from habits and bar condi- 
tioning. Haunted by passing time, life cycles, system 
cycles and reasons why. Believe in laughing daily, cry- 
ing occasionally, and pulling own strings. I value 
health, honesty, friendships, security, affection. En- 
joy arts, science, fitness and physical contact. No ex- 
tremes. No addictions. 36, 5' 10" 145 lbs, fair. Just 
trying to meet a mature, handsome, compatible, 
quality man! Drawer E414. 

PROFESSIONAL MALE, 26, 5'6" 125 lbs, Orien- 
tal, good-looking, friendly, enjoys dining out, 
theatre, traveling, working out. Would like to meet a 
compatible man for friendship/relationship. Photo 
and phone appreciated. Drawer E472. 

GREASED HAIR BEARDED WRESTLER 
TOP, 37, 6' 170 lbs, seeks tough young punk into 
serious s/m. Photo/phone a must. No hustlers. 
Drawer E512. 

HORNY GWM, 30, 5'6" 125 lbs, 36" chest, 29" 
waist, seeks similarly slim men for hot, sweaty 
daytime sessions. Phone, photo and/or 
measurements, 23 to 33. Drawer E488. 

SINCERE MALE SEEKS OTHER MALES 

ORIENTAL, 23, new to gay scene. Looking for new 
friends and possible relationship. Send phone and 
photo if possible. Drawer E489. 

SUBMISSIVE GWM, handsome, intelligent, 
masculine. Seeks handsome, intelligent, masculine 
leather/denim master. Strip, shave and collar me. 
Dominate and humiliate me. Am not a transvestite 
but find feminine lingerie and /or french maid 
uniform to be a humiliating turn-on. Please reply with 
photo and phone. Drawer E490. 

GWM, 37, 5'9" 145 lbs, professional. Enjoys hobby- 
farming, cycling, art, travel, restauranteering and one 
who knows the value of following: "To experience 
the full joy of life, you must find someone to share it 
with." All letters answered. Photo, phone, if conven- 
ient. Drawer E491. 

PASSIONATE, eccentric, serious, introverted, ex- 
istentialist, Nietszchean, opera fanatic, seeks similar 
GWM for meeting of bodies, minds, souls. Drawer 
E492. 

GWM, 45, professional, 5'10" 158 lbs. Nipple freak 
seeks same to 50 for friendship and fun — married 
men welcome, discretion assured. Drawer E493. 

YOUNG, MASCULINE, sincere friend to age 25 
sought by 38 year old guy who hates bars and discos. I 
love travel and I'm looking for a buddy to knock 
around Ontario and Quebec on summer weekends. 
I'm not into the gay scene and enjoy quiet evenings at 
home. Looks unimportant. I'm not prejudiced, any 
nationality welcome, student or worker. Photo and 
phone appreciated. Drawer E494. 

ATTRACTIVE, HEALTHY GWM 

33,6' 1 50 lbs, brown hair, blue eyes, moustache, seeks 
bright, trim well-hung man (who is immune to 
hepatitis and into quiet times and wild times) for a 
mutually satisfying emotional and sexual relation- 
ship. Drawer E498. 

GUY, 23, GOOD LOOKS. 5'9" 140 lbs, oriental, 
seeks you if you're under 35 and have good looks, a 
good heart and a lit 1 1c bit upstairs. I like poetry, 
history, fashion, slow romance, lingering friendship 
and picnicing in the park at solstice noon, kissing male 
beauties icy as the winter moon. Don't be shy 
(especially about your looks). Drawer E499. 



ATTRACTIVE, Bl MALE, 32, F/A, G/P, J/O, 
seeks a gentle friend who can entertain. Age, looks 
not important. Photoand phone appreciated. Discre- 
tion assured. Drawer E495. 

REMEMBER THOSE HOT SCENES, we had as 
teenagers? Ask your mom if you can stay over at my 
place some night. We'll sneak some of my dad's beer, 
strip down to our jockeys and see if we've learned any 
new tricks over the years. Fantasy, role-playing, J/O 
and more. 32, 6' 155 lbs, clean, healthy, discreet. 
Drawer E496. 

MALE, 48, seeks friend 30-70, any race, for friend- 
ship and sensuous, erotic J/O sessions together. 
Please write with phone number. Drawer E497. 

NEW TO TORONTO, 26, 6' 150 lbs, dark brown 
hair, brown eyes, trim beard, non-smoker. Enjoys 
meeting people. Loves travel. My interests include 
arts, theatre, body-building, cooking, etc.... My 
weakness is Italian, Greek, and Portuguese men. 
Write Box 6427, Stn A, Toronto M5W 1X3. 

CREWCUTS WANTED! Horny, well-hung young 
guy likes 'em short-haired or shaven. Details unim- 
portant. Adventurous only need apply with picture 
and phone. Shave, mister? Drawer E188. 

WELL. I'm an art student and I'm tall and I'm thin 
and I'm 22 and I wear glasses. Sometimes I have curly 
hair and sometimes I don't and sometimes I shave and 
sometimes I don't. I stay up late and wander the 
streets looking at guys and sometimes I pick them up. 
Keep a nice kid off the streets. Write Drawer E500. 

GAY HARLEY RIDER SEEKS SAME 

GWM, 6' 170 lbs, 37, greasy hair, full beard. Send 
photo and phone number. Drawer E5 1 1 . 

CONFIDENT, sensible, intelligent, attractive man 
with sense of humour and strength of character and 
maturity — seeks same 21-29 years of age. Not into 
bars or baths. No one-nighters. 922-2996. 

PASSIONATE KISSES and tender embraces are of 
utmost importance in love-making! Agree? 
Masculine, well-endowed, young man seeks you. 
Answer all. Drawer E469. 

IS THERE ANOTHER GUY who trains at Nautilus 
Plus who would like to work out with me occasional- 
ly? I'm 23, clean-cut and in this case, absolutely 
discreet. Drawer E474. 

GWM, 40, LOVE TO WEAR GARTER BELTS, 
panties, baby dolls, etc. Want to meet a man who can 
give sweet discipline. If you're right and you love to 
spank my buns or other favours, send letter and 
phone number. Drawer E475. 

WISH TO MEET AND KNOW MALE 35-45, 
Niagara-Toronto area. You are extrovert, your own 
man, dominant, masculine, warm, considerate, 
bodybuilder, enjoys city/country setting, not captive 
of any role. Jeans /leather. From you as role model, I, 
GWM 43, wish to learn, emulate, develop revised 
style of life. Photo appreciated. Drawer E503. 

BUSY, PROFFESIONAL MALE, 35, 5'3" 120 lbs, 
quiet, gentle, masculine, but with a wonderful sense 
of humour, would like to share intimate moments 
with a clean, attractive, French-speaking counter- 
part. Interests include sex (especially 69 and Greek ac- 
tive), fitness, the arts, and learning. Am not interested 
in bars or drugs. Discretion absolue. Please reply with 
photo, phone and letter in French. Drawer E504. 

GWM, 39, 145 lbs, 5'9", out of town, seeks same to 
visit for a few days, on occasion. Regular guy, 
masculine, like me, sought for friendship. Drawer 
ES08. 

HANDSOME AIRLINE CAPTAIN 

INTO SHORTS, DENIM, jockstraps, uniforms, 
5' 11" 165 lbs, 32 yrs. Explore my shining zipper 
before taking my beautiful, thick, cock. Phone, 
photo. Drawer E509. 

BOOTS AND LEATHER 

MARRIED GWM, 5'11" 165 lbs, 50, wants friend- 
ship and affection with married or single gay, turned 
on by boots and leather. Toronto, Mississauga, 
Halton Hills. Drawer E510 

SUNTANNING BUDDY and summer friend would 
be great: The perfect dream. GQ type male seeks 
same. Box 921, Stn A, Toronto. 

STINKING PIG TOP IN LEATHER 

WANTS STINKING PIG BOTTOM. 37, 6' 170 lbs, 
beard. Photo/phone. Box 1114, Stn. F, Toronto. 

LONELY GAY MALE, 40, 5'5" 130 lbs, physically 
fit, masculine, affectionate, active, seeks same for 
lasting relationship. Drawer E354. 

MALE, LATE 50s, seeks experienced and active male 
fishing companion for weekday get togethers. Send 
detailed letter (o Steven, PO Box 2913, Stn F, Scar- 
borough, Ml W 2K0. 

GAY, 5'6" 128 lbs, 27 years old, brown skin, seeks 
other gays for good, clean fun. Interested in movies, 
concerts, dancing, listening to records. Phone 
number, letter. Drawer E482. 

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GOM, EARLY 30s, professional, interested in all 
quality things in life, specially sincere, honest, secure 
persons. Am interested to meet someone who would 
like to share these qualities and more. Reply with 
photos and phone numbers. Drawer E483. 

GWM, 50s, quiet masculine professional, non-pro- 
miscuous, would like to give head on a regular basis to 
a very well-hung guy; no reciprocation. Drawer E040. 

PUNKS: If you're young, kinky, into ass and horny 
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PROFESSIONAL GWM, 38, 190 lbs 6'4", seeks 
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GWM, 25, 5'9", slim, professional, straight-looking 
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IS IT RIGHT TO LET other people say you have to 
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GAY MALE COUPLE, 20s, slim, attractive, mous- 
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movies, quiet times, good friends, going out 
weekends. Only clean, down-to-earth sincere people 
who believe in one to one relationships should res- 
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GWM, 35, GOOD LOOKING, masculine type, 
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Do things to me. Let's go to unusual locations. Let's 
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GWM, BLOND, MASCULINE, 38, 6'0" 170 lbs, 
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Curious? Do it! Drawer E485. 

VERSATILE, GWM, 31, 5'8" 130 lbs. Interest in 
outdoors, languages, theatre, travel, and cuddling. 
Seeks same to spend pleasant times together. Send 
photo if possible. Drawer E486. 

CUDDLY MALE, NICE SMILE, weightlifter's 
build. Various spiritual, cultural, and athletic in- 
terests. Seeks another for friendship and/or relation- 
ship. Drawer E519. 

NICE JEWISH BOY seeks good-looking leather/ 
preppie WASP, 20s to 30s, for adventurous friend- 
ship. I'm 34, 5'8" 140 lbs and considered to be in good 
shape. Imagination, sense of humour, intelligence 
and an interest in good sex a necessity. Detailed letter 
and photo appreciated. Drawer E517. 

GAY TRANSVESTITE would like to meet same and 
others for mutual enjoyment. Write: Boxholder, PO 
Box 1293, Stn A, Toronto ON M5W 1G7. 

GWM, 21, BROWN SHORT HAIR, 5'10" 160 lbs. 
clean-shaven, sincere, kind, gentle. Would like to 
meet same. PO Box 5423, Stn A, Toronto, ON 
M5W 1N6. 

WELL-HUNG TOP wants trim arses, hanging balls, 
for hard workout. Limits respected. Recent facial 
photo a must. Me: slim, trim, 40. Drawer E515. 

FUN-LOVING SLIM GWM, 36, would liketomeet a 
slim male to explore the possibility of building a 
monogamous love relationship. Must enjoy movies, 
videos, music, food, making love, laughing, 
togetherness and old-fashioned romance. Write me... 
Let's love! Drawer E5I4. 

SOUTHERN ONTARIO ~ 

SLIM KITCHENER MALE intogolfing and the out- 
doors seeks males under 23 for good times. Drawer 
ES07. 

GWM, FORTIES, masculine, clean, discreet, no 
drugs, no S/M, well-hung, horny, JO fantasy would 
like to meet same, big cocks, dominant. Am curious 
about BD, WS, other. Frank letter, all answered. Box 
178, Slrcctsvillc I.5M IL0. 



WELL-ESTABLISHED GWM 

45, slim, 5*10" 133 lbs, good-looking, sincere, eas) 
going, varied interests. Waterloo area Seeks amac 
inc. slim, younger GWM, 18-25. for companionship, 
meaningful relationship Send photo if possible, 

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comodation Bi| deei and watct park and orchard 
in-. u Write i loyd, 13 Richmond St, < haiharn ON 

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TALL. ATTRACTIVE, YOUNG 40s, 180 lbs, mous- 
tache, searching for friendship, and if lucky, a mon- 
ogamous, committed relationship with a clean, car- 
ing, slim, passive guy. I am decent, creative, talented, 
warm, witty, cuddly, romantic, fun-loving and like- 
able, with varied interests. 1 believe in lovemaking 
with feeling, enjoy quiet evenings at home, entertain- 
ing friends, drives and picnics, flea-markets plants 
and life in general. Box 241 1 , Stn B, Kitchener. 

I'M INTO the new-wave scene. I like the clothes and 
the music. Seeking males under 25 for a good time, 
Kitchener area. Drawer E505. 

YOU WEAR LEATHER pants/jocks, slowly I peel 
them off with my mouth and then take care of what- 
ever pops out with my hot moist mouth. I'm looking 
for male students in college or university. I'm 23, 5'8" 
and a 160 lb firm body from working out in the local 
gym. Drawer E506 

MAN, 39, SEEKS OTHER MAN for a buddy- 
friendship and sharing. 25-42, must be mature, warm, 
fun, caring, intelligent and financially independent. 
Sincere replies only. Drawer E518. 

OSHAWA AREA 

I WOULD LIKE TO MEET other gays for a summer 
of sun and fun and whatever else develops. Any age, 
any race, any size. There doesn't seem to be many of 
us in the East. Let's make it a summer together. Box 
1 166, Adelaide PO, Toronto, ON M5C 2K5. 

EASTERN ONTARIO 

PETERBOROUGH AND AREA 

MALE 28, straight acting/appearing, looking for 
another open, honest, discreet, older guy to explore 
intimacy, closeness, warmth. Let's talk then see what 
happens. Write to Occupant, PO Box 91, Peterbor- 
ough, ON K9J 6Y5. 



OTTAWA 



MUSCLES TURN ME ON OTTAWA AREA 
GWM, 36, WANTS TO worship you. W/S possible. 
Write with photo. All answered . I can travel. Give me 
my orders now. Drawer E471. 

MALE, 39, PROFESSIONAL, 5', brown hair, 
brown eyes. Medium build. Wishes to meet attrac- 
tive, younger male. No moustaches. Photo a must 
before a meeting. Drop me a line to PO Box 2934, Stn 
D, Ottawa, ON KIP 5W9. 

YOUNG STUDENT OR WORKER wishing good 
times, discrete relation with mature person: teacher, 
46, wishes to meet you now. Drawer E267. 

DEEP-THROAT EXPERT seeks challenging, ap- 
preciative partners, gay or straight. I am young, at- 
tractive, and tireless. Reply: Box 25, Stn A, Ottawa 
ONK1N8V1. 

SPANKINGS. Take this 29 year-old, paddle his hair- 
less bottom. Ottawa, Toronto and between. Your 
place only please. Drawer E359. 

LEATHER BOTTOM WANTED 

VERSATILE, sometimes bottom, sane, 49, attrac- 
tive GWM looking for masculine bottom. Age unim- 
portant. Limits respected. Drawer E477. 

CAMPING— OUTDOOR SPORTS COUPLE 

IN OTTAWA he's 25 1 am 36 GYM . Love to camp in 
woods on Grotch Lake Hwy 509 area. Would like to 
meet other couples for good times together. We are 
new to Ottawa. We enjoy a somewhat open relation- 
ship, but respect all. Plan trip in July. Drawer E470. 

HANDSOME GWM, 25, dark hair, 5'10" 145 lbs, 
good physique, non-smoker, French. Hope to meet 
mature, sensitive, understanding man around my age 
for a committed relationship. I need someone who is 
looking for more in life than one-night stands and 
who is willing to truly give of himself totally to the 
right person. Communication is very important for 
me. My interests are dancing, photography, swim- 
ming and 1 am willing to try most anything once. Also 
would like to have penpals. Sincerely, Box 3234, Stn 
D.Ottawa, ON K1P6H8. 



MONTREAL 



GWM, 29, 5'8" 150 lbs, masculine, friendly, honest 
and understanding, seeking male 18-30 of same type 
for friendship or relationship. Not into bar scenes or 
drugs. Drawer E145. 

PASSIONATE, HORNY, sexy, healthy 37-year-old 
gay male, recovering from AIDS, would like to meet 
men aged 30- SO for sex and friendship. Drawer I 4s" 

NEW BRUNSWICK 



YOUTHFUL. MASCULINE, SUPER-ACTIVE 
outdoorsman, trained naturalist, 47. 5' 10" 150 lbs, 
w ill share my knowledge of wildflowcrs, mushrooms, 
birds, gardening, camping, backpacking, health, tru- 
ly erotic loving and much more with any serious guy. 
Drawer E467. 

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mouth. Not into heas > se\ hut likes male companion 
for good clean fun. Cuddling and conversation my 
specially. Omsk meeting possible Drawei E260 

LITHE. TANNED, bearded 15, Ctt M has light ass 
needing Full and pan -time s erv icing Mso like to meet 
JO friends toi mutual pleasures. Hi and married most 
welcome Can entertain and will travel to ihc right 
contacts. Mammies and I astern Canada US Photo 
please Discretion assured, all answered Drawer 
MSI 

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I'd love to «.iik around naked with sou i am 
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50 □ THE BODY POLITIC □ JULY /AUGUST 1984 



THE BACK PAGE 



EDNA BARKER: 



I bought my first ever gay paper in 
the middle of a blizzard, in 1977. 1 
was working in an office at the 
time, and (except for agonizing 
crushes on three of my female co- 
workers) was living a completely hetero- 
sexual life. All my friends were straight 
(they were all women, too, which should 
have told me something). I owned a 
dress. I had a "boyfriend," who lived 
across the hall. I sat around at lunch and 
listened to the women from the office 
discuss men. They all (at lunchtime, any- 
way) had their problems with men — 
hated them, would never sleep with them 
again. I fit right in. 

But something was missing. Part ol the 
problem was my conviction that all men 
were from Mars, which, while it gained 
me attention at luncheon conversations, 
did not sit well with the fellow across the 
hall, who finally gave up on me and 
moved to British Columbia. Suddenly I 
was without status at the office, shunned 
at lunchtime, no longer part of the group. 
The idea of locating another Martian and 
trying to fool everyone into believing I 
believed in such a relationship over- 
whelmed me; I couldn't go through with 
it. A sex-change operation? I didn't like 
men, couldn't relate to them, so why 
would I want to be one? I didn't know 
what to do. 

• 
In the end it was my friend Miss V who 
helped me out. Miss V lived around the 
corner from me, had for years, and 
probably suspected that at least a few of 
our "chance" encounters on the street 
had been engineered. She had long ago 
made her own orientation clear. One of 
her two roommates in college had spent a 
weekend in New York and returned with 
news of all the latest fashions, one of 
which was lesbianism. The three of them 
had adopted the straight-legged jeans 
and the plastic shoes but had collapsed 
into helpless giggles in their attempts to 
be sexually fashionable. (Essentially my 
response to Martians; I could sympa- 
thize.) However, Miss V had enthusias- 
tically continued to monitor fashions 
over the years, and was willing to share 
her information; I, in turn, was welcome 
to report discoveries to her. One of the 
first things she told me about was a 
magazine — a local magazine, no less — 
called The Body Politic. 

And so my course was clear: 1 would 
do whatever I had to do in order to be- 
come a "gay person," and I would tell 
Miss V all about it. It was obvious to mc 
even then that the appeal for me in all of 
this was telling Miss V all about it. The 
rest would have to be got through some- 
how, if only so that I would have some- 
thing to report. I would start by obtain- 




HyiAM 



NOT 





A FAGGOT 



ing a copy of that magazine — an easy 
task, I thought. I would worry about the 
next step later. 

• 
It took me three weeks to buy that first 
issue, and I wasn't exactly sure what to 
do with it after I got it home. I stared at 
the zucchini on the cover for a while, 
then glanced at the classified-ad section. 
What was "GWM"? What was "FA/GP"? 
Would I ever know enough to be a gay 



person? I decided I didn't want to know 
what the people who wrote this strange 
magazine wanted me to do with the zuc- 
chini, but I found the list of places to call 
for help, and copied out two numbers. 
One only worked on Tuesday nights, but 
if I called a woman would answer. I 
waited till Tuesday and started dialing. I 
got a busy signal for hours. I waited a 
week and tried again: busy. I called the 
other number, Toronto Area Gays. 

The man who answered the TAG tele- 
phone was incredible. In my terror at ac- 
tually speaking to a real live gay person, 
I was rendered totally inarticulate. My 
telephone friend coaxed, cajoled and 
counseled me as though I were a timid 
teenager, which was exactly what I need- 
ed. It turned out he thought I was a teen- 
ager, since he had assumed I was male 
but my voice was not that of a grown-up 
man. Women, he explained to me, 
didn't often call the line, and because 
they mostly got calls from men, the 
group was mostly set up for men. But I 
was welcome to come to 




a meeting, he said; the group would like it 
if women would come. 

I arrived a half-hour late; the meeting 
had already started. I found a seat in a 
corner. After about fifteen minutes I 
found the courage to look around the 
room. Eighteen other people, and, as my 
telephone friend had warned me, they 
were all men. After a while I became 
aware that I was receiving more than 
casual glances from some of the men in 
the room. They were looking at me. 
Some of them were staring at me. 

I was working out my escape route 
when one of the men chairing the meet- 
ing said introductions should be re- 
peated because so many people had 
arrived late. We would go around the 
room, he said, and give our names and 
some information about ourselves — 
why we were at the meeting, where we 
worked, whatever. When it was my turn 
I could feel eighteen pairs of eyes 
directed at me. I cleared my throat. 
"My name is Edna," I said, "and I'm a 
girl. There was a collective sigh of 
disappointment. 

Although I has masquerad- 
ed as a straight person for 
years, I had never quite mas- 
tered the trick of adopting 
— or even predicting — 
those emotions or responses 
straight women were likely to 
come up with. I was eager to tell 
Miss V about the meeting, about walk- 
ing around the block for half an hour, 
afraid to go in, about what everyone had 
said. But I never got that far with the 
story. "You were the only woman in a 
room with eighteen men?" she asked, 
and I heard envy in her voice. "Eighteen 
men? And you went home alone?" 



I know I felt overwhelming fear, that 
year, of what I was trying to do. I re- 
member the first time I tried to say "I 
am a lesbian." I couldn't manage it even 
if I was the only person in the room. It's 
easier now — I've had lots of practice — 
and I hardly ever stammer and mumble 
and blush. But I am starting to be con- 
cerned about the words people use to 
describe me. Eight years ago, had some- 
one called me a faggot, I likely would 
have prayed for the earth to swallow me 
up. Not these days. A few weeks ago a 
straight man confronted me at a street- 
car stop. 

"Faggot," he said, spitting at my feet. 

'•What?" 

"Fuckin* faggot," he jeered, spitting 
again. 

"I'm not a faggot, you jerk."' I 
shouted. "I'm not a faggot, I'm a 
dyke!"D 



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